Explaining Computation Without Semantics: Keeping it Simple
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The semantic view of computation: computation is best individuated by its semantic properties.
The causal view of computation: computation is best individuated by its causal properties.
The functional view of computation: computation is best individuated by its functional properties.
KeywordsComputation Semantics Representation Intrinsic Cognitive science Cognition Mental states Mechanistic explanation Causal properties
Thanks to Axel Cleeremans, David Rosenthal, Gualtiero Piccinini, Joseph Agassi and Oron Shagrir for useful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. An earlier version of this text was presented at the 2007 AAP (NZ) conference in Auckland, NZ. I am especially grateful to Phillip Staines for his helpful comments and ongoing support.
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