Are Turing Machines Platonists? Inferentialism and the Computational Theory of Mind
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- Cogburn, J. & Megil, J. Minds & Machines (2010) 20: 423. doi:10.1007/s11023-010-9203-1
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We first discuss Michael Dummett’s philosophy of mathematics and Robert Brandom’s philosophy of language to demonstrate that inferentialism entails the falsity of Church’s Thesis and, as a consequence, the Computational Theory of Mind. This amounts to an entirely novel critique of mechanism in the philosophy of mind, one we show to have tremendous advantages over the traditional Lucas-Penrose argument.