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William Rapaport's Lecture

Wed, 2007-09-19 20:49
Emily Maciolek (not verified)

I had never really considered the idea that philosophy could branch out into a field so modern and technological as Computer Science. Yet, after Rapaport presented his class/syllabus it seems to make perfect sense. His definition of philosophy was: "the search for truth in any filed by rational means," and his definition of computers was: "to make computations easier/mechanical and to provide a foundation for mathematics." Since mathematics is largely grounded in philosophy, it's clear that the two should go hand in hand.
Honestly, I didn't fully grasp a lot of what he said (but how could I in an hour presentation?). Still, he was a very interesting speaker with very enlightening views about the philosophy of computer science.


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