, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 385-397
Date: 25 Aug 2011

Recent Developments in Computing and Philosophy

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Defining the Field

Because the label “computing and philosophy” can seem like an ad hoc attempt to tie computing to philosophy, it is important to explain why it is not, what it studies (or does) and how it differs from research in, say, “computing and history”, or “computing and biology”. The American Association for History and Computing is “dedicated to the reasonable and productive marriage of history and computer technology for teaching, researching and representing history through scholarship and public history” (http://theaahc.org). More pervasive, work in computing and biology enjoys the convenient name of “bioinformatics…the science of using information to understand biology…, a subset of the larger field of computational biology, the application of quantitative analytical techniques in modeling biological systems” (http://oreilly.com/catalog/bioskills/chapter/ch01.html). The recent venture of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electroni ...