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On the origin of objects / Brian Cantwell Smith
Bib ID 1323729
Format BookBook
Author
Smith, Brian Cantwell
 
Description Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1996 
xii, 420 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0262193639 (alkaline paper) (hardback)
0262692090 (paperback)
Summary

On the Origin of Objects represents the final stage in Brian Cantwell Smith's decades-long investigation into the philosophical and metaphysical foundations of computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Based on a sustained critique of the formal tradition underlying reigning views, he argues for an embedded, participatory, "irreductionist," metaphysical alternative. Smith seeks nothing less than to revise our understanding not only of the machines we build but also of our world with which they interact.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Analyis. 1. Computation. 2. Irreduction. 3. Realism. 4. Particularity. 5. Physics
  • Pt. II. Construction. 6. Flex & slop. 7. Registration-I. 8. Registration-II. 9. Middle distance. 10. Transition. 11. Metaphysics. 12. Conclusion.
 
Notes

"A Bradford book."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-420) and indexes.

Subjects Metaphysics.  |  Object (Philosophy)

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