Special Issue "Turing the Philosopher: Established Debates and New Developments"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Diane Proudfoot
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Guest Editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Interests: Alan Turing and Turing computability; the philosophy and history of artificial intelligence; philosophy of language and logic; Ludwig Wittgenstein
Mr. Zhao Fan
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Guest Editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Interests: history of analytic philosophy; history and philosophy of logic and computing; Turing; Wittgenstein

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Alan Turing carried out groundbreaking research in several fields, including mathematics and theory of computability, cryptography, computer science and artificial intelligence, and computational biology. His philosophical work was also pioneering, although perhaps less well-known—with the exception of his famous imitation game for testing intelligence in machines. In this Special Issue, we focus on Turing the philosopher.

Examples of Turing’s philosophical work are his research on computation, the foundations of mathematics, the nature of mind, and machine intelligence—and there are more examples of explicitly and implicitly philosophical work in his writings.

We are seeking (1) discussions of the implications of Turing’s philosophical work for established debates, philosophical and scientific; and (2) fresh perspectives on the philosophical significance of Turing’s writings. The overall goal of this Special Issue is to position Turing’s philosophical work amid state-of-the art research today.

Prof. Dr. Diane Proudfoot
Mr. Zhao Fan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Alan Turing
  • artificial intelligence
  • computability
  • cryptography
  • history of computing
  • imitation game
  • philosophy of logic
  • philosophy of mathematics
  • philosophy of mind
  • theoretical computer science

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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