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Wittgenstein's Remarks on the Foundations of AI Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0415097949 ISBN-10: 0415097940

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415097940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415097949
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,837,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A valuable contribution to the ongoing discussions on the foundations of AI and cognative sciences'

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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This book is a definitive study of Wittgenstein's relation to Turing and the mathematical traditions which inspired modern computational theorising and artificial intelligence. It is an eloquent and superbly-argued defense of Wittgenstein's many arguments against what came to be called 'cognitivism' in psychology and philosophy. Shanker's mastery of the philosophical and mathematical background to contemporary cognitivist theses is unparalleled. Here is a masterful treatment of a range of complex issues by one of the world's leading philosophers of mathematics and Wittgenstein scholars. An absolute MUST for philosophers of mind, psychology and cognitive science. The opening chapter sets the tone for the entire work: it is a highly original and provocative account of a much-neglected aspect of Wittgenstein's remarks on the philosophy of mathematics: his attack on Turing's misconception of his own achievement, and his crucial distinction between normative and causal accounts of computation. Readers will also find a wealth of richly-described historical materials here, all incorporated into a sustained and rigorous array of logical arguments and philosophical clarifications. Although there are several quite technical considerations addressed in this work, the prose is lucid, engaging and rigorous. A really fine piece of work, deserving of a significant audience, not necessarily solely of specialists in these fields.
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