Minds and Machines

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 135–152



DOI: 10.1007/s11023-011-9239-x

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Turner, R. Minds & Machines (2011) 21: 135. doi:10.1007/s11023-011-9239-x


The specification and implementation of computational artefacts occurs throughout the discipline of computer science. Consequently, unpacking its nature should constitute one of the core areas of the philosophy of computer science. This paper presents a conceptual analysis of the central role of specification in the discipline.


SpecificationCorrectnessScientific theoryPhilosophy of computer science

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSEEEssex UniversityColchesterUK