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Overview

A ground-breaking attempt at articulating a philosophy of computer science, this book is an introduction to the philosophical foundations of computer science and the contributions that philosophy and computer science can make to each other.Colburn first investigates what makes computer science an empirical science and not merely a branch of pure mathematics. He finds that despite its reliance on formal methods, computer science practices a unique type of abstraction that can help explain the puzzling ontological nature of complex virtual worlds now common in games and on the Internet.Colburn then identifies the roots of the modern field of artificial intelligence (AI) in the rich tradition of Western philosophy since ancient Greece.A vast array of philosophical issues associated with AI's current practices are introduced: ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and even the very touchy issue of whether or not machines can be made to think.
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Colburn (computer science, U. of Minnesota-Duluth) has a doctorate in philosophy and an advanced degree in computer science; he's worked as a philosophy professor, a computer programmer, and a research scientist in artificial intelligence. Here he discusses the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence; the new encounter of science and philosophy (logic, models of the mind and of reasoning, epistemology); and the philosophy of computer science (touching on math, abstraction, software, and ontology). Paper edition (991-X), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563249914
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/31/1999
  • Series: Explorations in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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Taiwan's rapid socio-economic and political transformation has given rise to a gender-conscious middle class that is attempting to redefine the roles of women in society, to restructure relationship patterns, and to organize in groups outside the family unit. This book examines internal psychological processes and external societal processes as the feminist movement in Taiwan expands and new gender roles are explored. The contributors represent a cross section of different disciplines - history, anthropology, and sociology - and different generations of China/Taiwan scholars. They place the issues facing Taiwan's women's movement in social, political, and economic contexts. The book examines gender relations, the role of women in Chinese society, and issues related to women in China throughout history. Feminism and gender relations are also viewed from the context of film and literature. The authors look at the contemporary roles that women play in Taiwan's work force today, how the sexes perceive each other in the workplace, and more.
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