Davidson's no-priority thesis in defending the Turing Test


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Turing does not provide an explanation for substituting the original question of his test – i.e., “Can machines think?” with “Can a machine pass the imitation game?” – resulting in an argumentative gap in his main thesis. In this article, I argue that a positive answer to the second question would mean attributing the ability of linguistic interactions to machines; while a positive answer to the original question would mean attributing the ability of thinking to machines. In such a situation, defending the Turing Test requires establishing a relationship between thought and language. In this regard, Davidson's no-priority theory is presented as an approach for defending the test.
Keywords Turing test  Donald Davidson  Thought and Language
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Computing Machinery and Intelligence.Alan M. Turing - 1950 - Mind 59 (October):433-60.
Thought and Talk.Donald Davidson - 1975 - In Samuel D. Guttenplan (ed.), Mind and Language. Clarendon Press. pp. 1975--7.
Radical Interpretation.Donald Davidson - 2003 - In John Heil (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology. Oxford University Press.
Turing's Test.Donald Davidson - 1990 - In K. Said (ed.), Modelling the Mind. Oxford University Press.

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