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Computationalism, the Church-Turing Thesis, and the Church-Turing Fallacy

Gualtiero Piccinini
Synthese
Vol. 154, No. 1 (Jan., 2007), pp. 97-120
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27653444
Page Count: 24
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Computationalism, the Church-Turing Thesis, and the Church-Turing Fallacy
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Abstract

The Church—Turing Thesis (CTT) is often employed in arguments for computationalism. I scrutinize the most prominent of such arguments in light of recent work on CTT and argue that they are unsound. Although CTT does nothing to support computationalism, it is not irrelevant to it. By eliminating misunderstandings about the relationship between CTT and computationalism, we deepen our appreciation of computationalism as an empirical hypothesis.

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