851-0101-89L  Philosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersD. Proudfoot
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


851-0101-89 VPhilosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science2 hrs
Mon/215:15-17:00RZ F 21 »
Tue/213:15-15:00RZ F 21 »
D. Proudfoot

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AbstractThis course studies philosophical issues concerning computers and computing.Topics include: information (and information content), computational complexity, the Turing Test for computer thought; the "Chinese Room" argument against the possibility of strong AI; connectionist AI; consciousness; the Church-Turing thesis; computational and hypercomputational models of mind; and free will.
Objective- Exhibit a general understanding of the philosophy and history of computing.

- Explain central problems in the field and their potential solutions, independently and at a level requiring in-depth knowledge and critical understanding.

- Communicate clearly in writing about topics in this field.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersD. Proudfoot
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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History and Philosophy of Knowledge MasterLectures and ExercisesWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-INFKWInformation