Minds and machines

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Title: Minds and machines
Authors: Casey, Gerard
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5469
Date: Jun-1992
Abstract: The emergence of electronic computers in the last thirty years has given rise to many interesting questions. Many of these questions are technical, relating to a machine’s ability to perform complex operations in a variety of circumstances. While some of these questions are not without philosophical interest, the one question which above all others has stimulated philosophical interest is explicitly non-technical and it can be expressed crudely as follows: Can a machine be said to think and, if so, in what sense? The issue has received much attention in the scholarly journals with articles and arguments appearing in great profusion, some resolutely answering this question in the affirmative, some, equally resolutely, answering this question in the negative, and others manifesting modified rapture. While the ramifications of the question are enormous I believe that the issue at the heart of the matter has gradually emerged from the forest of complications
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Catholic Philosophical Association
Journal: American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
Volume: 66
Issue: 1
Start page: 57
End page: 80
Copyright (published version): 1992 American Catholic Philosophical Association
Keywords: PhilosophyComputersArtificial intelligence
DOI: 10.5840/acpq199266143
Other versions: www.ucd.ie/philosophy/staff/gerardcasey/casey/MndMchnes.pdf‎
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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