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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2012, Issue 188

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Is computation based on interpretation?

Marcin Miłkowski,
Published Online: 2012-02-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0015

Abstract

I argue that influential purely syntactic views of computation, shared by such philosophers as John Searle and Hilary Putnam, are mistaken. First, I discuss common objections, and during the discussion I mention additional necessary conditions of implementation of computations in physical processes that are neglected in classical philosophical accounts of computation. Then I try to show why realism in regards of physical computations is more plausible, and more coherent with any realistic attitude towards natural science than the received view, and distinguish computational simulation, implementation, and re-engineering. I also point out the sources of confusion about what computation is that seem to stem from disregarding the use/mention distinction.

Keywords:: computation; implementation; algorithm; complexity; realism; Searle

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Published Online: 2012-02-18

Published in Print: 2012-02-01


Citation Information: , Volume 2012, Issue 188, Pages 219–228, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0015.

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