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The Philosophy of Artificial Life

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This new volume in the acclaimed Oxford Readings in Philosophy series offers a selection of the most important philosophical work being done in the new and fast-growing interdisciplinary area of artificial life. Artificial life research seeks to synthesize the characteristics of life by artificial means, particularly employing computer technology. The essays here explore such fascinating themes as the nature of life, the relation between life and mind, and the limits of ...

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Overview

This new volume in the acclaimed Oxford Readings in Philosophy series offers a selection of the most important philosophical work being done in the new and fast-growing interdisciplinary area of artificial life. Artificial life research seeks to synthesize the characteristics of life by artificial means, particularly employing computer technology. The essays here explore such fascinating themes as the nature of life, the relation between life and mind, and the limits of technology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198751540
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/9/1996
  • Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Artificial Life 39
2 Autonomy and Artificiality 95
3 An Approach to the Synthesis of Life 111
4 Form and Order in Evolutionary Biology 146
5 Evolution - Natural and Artificial 173
6 Animals as Cost-Based Robots 179
7 From Robots to Rothko: The Bringing Forth of Worlds 209
8 Today the Earwig, Tomorrow Man? 237
9 Happy Couplings: Emergence and Explanatory Interlock 262
10 In Praise of Interactive Emergence, Or Why Explanations Don't Have to Wait for Implementations 282
11 Aristotle on Life 303
12 Spencer and Dewey on Life and Mind 314
13 The Nature of Life 332
14 Learning from Functionalism - Prospects for Strong Artificial Life 361
15 Simulations, Realizations, and Theories of Life 379
Notes on the Contributors 395
Selected Bibliography 397
Index of Names 401
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