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Against Computational Perspectivalism
2021 (English)In: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0007-0882, E-ISSN 1464-3537, Vol. 72, no 4, p. 1129-1153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Computational perspectivalism has been recently proposed as an alternative to mainstream accounts of physical computation, and especially to the teleologically-based mechanistic view. It takes physical computation to be partly dependent on explanatory perspectives and eschews appeal to teleology in helping individuate computational systems. I assess several varieties of computational perspectivalism, showing that they either collapse into existing non-perspectival views or end up with unsatisfactory or implausible accounts of physical computation. Computational perspectivalism fails, therefore, to be a compelling alternative to perspective-independent theories of computation in physical systems. I conclude that a teleologically-based, non-perspectival mechanistic account of physical computation is to be preferred.

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University of Chicago Press, 2021. Vol. 72, no 4, p. 1129-1153
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-193489DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axz036ISI: 000755032800010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85111347110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-193489DiVA, id: diva2:1649714
Available from: 2022-04-04 Created: 2022-04-04 Last updated: 2022-04-06Bibliographically approved

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