A. Briggle, K. Waelbers and P.A.E. Brey (eds). 2008

Publisher: Amsterdam: IOS Press


The theme of this volume is the multi-faceted ‘computational turn’ that is occurring through the interaction of the disciplines of philosophy and computing. In computer and information sciences, there are significant conceptual and methodological questions that require reflection and analysis. Moreover, digital, information and communication technologies have had tremendous impact on society, which raises further philosophical questions. This book tries to facilitate the task to continuously work to ensure that its diversity of perspectives and methods proves a source of strength and collaboration rather than a source of instability and disintegration.
The first three contributions explore the phenomenon of virtual worlds. The next four focus on robots and artificial agents. Then a group of chapters discusses the relation between human mentality and information processing in computers and the final section covers a broad range of issues at the interface of computers and society.

Table of contents

Part I. Me, My Avatar, and I: Exploring Virtual Worlds

  • Meta Ethics for the Metaverse: The Ethics of Virtual Worlds / E.H. Spence
  • On the Ecological/Representational Structure of Virtual Environments / O. Rosas
  • The Dynamic Representation of Reality and of Our Self Between Real and Virtual Worlds /
    L. Piwek

Part II. Living with the Golem: Robots and Autonomous Agents

  • Can a Robot Intentionally Conduct Mutual Communication with Human Beings? / K. Ishii
  • On the Ethical Quandaries of a Practicing Roboticist: A First-Hand Look / R.C. Arkin
  • How Just Could a Robot War Be? / P.M. Asaro
  • Limits to the Autonomy of Agents / M. Noorman

Part III. Mind and World: Knowing, Thinking, and Representing

  • Formalising the ‘No Information Without Data-Representation’ Principle / P. Allo
  • The Computer as Cognitive Artifact and Simulator of Worlds / P. Brey
  • The Panic Room: On Synthetic Emotions /J. Vallverdú and D. Casacuberta
  • Representation in Digital Systems / V.C. Müller
  • nformation, Knowledge and Confirmation Holism / S. McKinlay
  • Phenomenal Consciousness: Sensorimotor Contingencies and the Constitution of Objects
    / B. Fischer and D. Weiller

Part IV. Computing in Society: Designing, Learning, and Searching

  • Towards an Intelligent Tutoring System for Propositional Proof Construction / M. Croy,
    T. Barnes and J. Stamper
  • Toward Aligning Computer Programming with Clear Thinking via the Reason Programming
    Language / S. Bringsjord and J. Li
  • Ethics and the Practice of Software Design / M. Turilli
  • How to Explain the Underrepresentation of Women in Computer Science Studies /
    M. Pohl and M. Lanzenberger
  • How the Web Is Changing the Way We Trust / D. Taraborelli