Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles

Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles

Jordi Vallverdú (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: June, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 462
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-014-2
ISBN13: 9781616920142|ISBN10: 1616920149|EISBN13: 9781616920159
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Description & Coverage

This discipline of philosophy and computer science offers an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas that range from philosophical and mathematical logic to epistemology, engineering, ethics or neuroscience.

Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles presents a conversation between established experts and new researchers in the field of philosophy and computer science about human and non-human relationships with the environment. This resource contains five sections including topics on philosophical analysis, the posterior ethical debate, the nature of computer simulations, and the crossroads between robotics, AI, cognitive theories and philosophy.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Biological computing, information and molecular networks
  • Computer and information ethics
  • Deconstructive design
  • Knowledge, truth, and values in computer science
  • Lakatos-style reasoning
  • Logic and abstraction
  • Philosophy of computer science
  • Philosophy of information
  • Programming Languages
  • Substance dualism
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In this book you'll find the last and meaningful results on the philosophical debates of computer science, but not only theoretical debates, but also empirical and interdisciplinary researches. The present and future of our societies and knowledge are completely determined by computer science.

– Jordi Vallverdú
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Editor/Author Biographies
Jordi Vallverdú, Ph.D., M.A. is a Lecturer Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain), where he teaches Philosophy and History of Science and Computing. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of science (UAB) and a master in history of sciences (UAB). His research is dedicated to the epistemological, ethical, gender, and educational aspects of Philosophy of Computing and Science. Jordi is Member of the Steering Committee of the European Association for Philosophy & Computing, E-CAP, Member of the Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Member of the GEHUCT (Grup d'Estudis Interdisciplinaris sobre Ciència i Tecnologia) research project, Member of the TECNOCOG (Philosophy, Technology and Cognition Research Group), Member of EUCogII, Main researcher of SETE (Synthetic Emotions in Technological Environments), and Expert of the Biosociety Research (European Commission: His last book (as author as well as editor) is (2009) Handbook Of Research On Synthetic Emotions And Sociable Robotics, USA: IGI. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions (
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Program Committee

  • Philip Brey, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Bernd Carsten-Stahl, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
  • David Casacuberta, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Amnon Eden, University of Essex, United Kingdom
  • Luciano Floridi, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Ruth Hagengruber, Universität Paderborn, Germany
  • Johnny Hartz Søraker, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Thomas Roth-Berghofer, German Research Center for AI DFKI GmbH, Germany
  • Raymond Turner, University of Essex, United Kingdom
  • Jordi Vallverdú, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Track Chairs

  • Patrick Allo, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Alison Adam, University of Salford, United Kingdom
  • Jutta Weber, University Uppsala, Sweden
  • Charles Ess, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Søren Brier, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Annamaria Carusi, Oxford University, United Kingdom