, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1-2
Date: 22 Feb 2011


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Since the inaugural issue appeared in 1991, Minds and Machines has established itself as a leading forum for critical discussion and debate of the philosophical aspects of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Much has changed in these special sciences in the last twenty years and, not surprisingly, the interaction between philosophy and the computational and cognitive sciences has changed as well.

For example, whereas once the philosophy of artificial intelligence was occupied by considering the very idea of an artificial intelligence, the tenability of the metaphysical commitments thought to underpin the field, and the ethical ramifications of possible future technologies, now it is commonplace for philosophers to be full members of the AI research community, and increasingly one sees AI researchers making fundamental contributions to philosophy. Formal epistemology is a field which demonstrates the spirit of this interdisciplinary effort, spanning computat ...