Cognitive Science

Synthese

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 79-96

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On some fundamental distinctions of computationalism

  • William DemopoulosAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

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Abstract

The following paper presents a characterization of three distinctions fundamental to computationalism, viz., the distinction between analog and digital machines, representation and nonrepresentation-using systems, and direct and indirect perceptual processes. Each distinction is shown to rest on nothing more than the methodological principles which justify the explanatory framework of the special sciences.