Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein

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Title: Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein
Authors: Casey, Gerard
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Date: Jun-1988
Abstract: The association of Wittgenstein’s name with the notion of artificial intelligence is bound to cause some surprise both to Wittgensteinians and to people interested in artificial intelligence. After all, Wittgenstein died in 1951 and the term artificial intelligence didn’t come into use until 1956 so that it seems unlikely that one could have anything to do with the other. However, establishing a connection between Wittgenstein and artificial intelligence is not as insuperable a problem as it might appear at first glance. While it is true that artificial intelligence as a quasi-distinct discipline is of recent vintage, some of its concerns, especially those of a philosophical nature, have been around for quite some time. At the birth of modern philosophy we find Descartes wondering whether it would be possible to create a machine that would be phenomenologically indistinguishable from man.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Philosophical Society at St. Patrick's College
Journal: Philosophical Studies
Volume: 32
Issue: 1988/1990
Start page: 156
End page: 175
Copyright (published version): 1998 Philosophical Studies
Keywords: Artificial intelligence
DOI: 10.5840/philstudies19883239
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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