Australasian Journal of Philosophy – New Issue

Volume 85 Issue 1 of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy was released today. If you’re not aware of this great publication then I strongly suggest you take a look.

For those of you studying Body & Mind this semester there is a particularly relevant paper by Gualtiero Piccinini (after reading Ten Reasons not to do Philosophy below I was not sure if this guy could be a philosopher; he looks like he’d be more suited to being a movie star!) titled Computational modelling vs. Computational explanation: Is everything a Turing Machine, and does it matter to the philosophy of mind?

Abstract: According to pancomputationalism, everything is a computing system. In this paper, I distinguish between different varieties of pancomputationalism. I find that although some varieties are more plausible than others, only the strongest variety is relevant to the philosophy of mind, but only the most trivial varieties are true. As a side effect of this exercise, I offer a clarified distinction between computational modelling and computational explanation.

There is also an interesting paper by Sven Bernecker titled Remembering without knowing and focuses on the claim that unlike knowledge, memory implies neither belief nor justification and therefore cannot be put forward as a a form of knowledge.

Posted by Simon Ives


7 Responses to “Australasian Journal of Philosophy – New Issue”

  1. 1 waz March 29, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Oh yes, he is a pretty boy! Cannot possibly be a philosophy of any worth! 🙂


  2. 2 Nathan March 29, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Without trying to turn this into a beauty pageant, if we were to ask ourselves who is the better philosopher based on looks, one would surely respond, Bernecker.

  3. 3 Simon March 29, 2007 at 10:38 am

    You don’t think he looks too sad? Or is that part of his charm?

  4. 4 Nathan March 30, 2007 at 9:41 am

    I think it is part of the charm. He looks scholarly.

  5. 5 Simon March 30, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    It’s interesting that we talk of a subjective quality in an objective fashion don’t you think? What characteristics, physical characteristics that is, would a scholarly person likely possess? Poor eyesight and hence glasses for example? Or does ones dress play a role?

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