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Thomas Raleigh
University of Luxembourg
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This article provides a survey of Wittgenstein’s remarks in which he discusses various kinds of technology. I argue that throughout his career, his use of technological examples displays a thematic unity: technologies are invoked in order to illustrate a certain mechanical conception of the mind. I trace how his use of such examples evolved as his views on the mind and on meaning changed. I also discuss an important and somewhat radical anti-mechanistic strain in his later thought and suggest that Wittgenstein’s attitude to mechanistic explanations in psychology was ultimately quite ambivalent.
Keywords Wittgenstein  Technology  Philosophy of Mind  Cognitive Science  Language of Thought  Rule-Following  Intentionality  Artificial Intelligence  Mechanisms  Computational Theory of Mind
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ISBN(s) 1091-8264
DOI 10.5840/techne2018122092
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