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Mathematical Explanation in Computer Science

Curtis-Trudel, Andre E (2022) Mathematical Explanation in Computer Science. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This note scouts a broad class of explanations of central importance to contemporary computer science. These explanations, which I call limitative explanations, explain why certain problems cannot be solved computationally. Limitative explanations are philosophically rich, but have not received the attention they deserve. The primary goals of this note are to isolate limitative explanations and provide a preliminary account of what makes them explanatory. On the account I favour, limitative explanations are best understood as non-causal mathematical explanations which depend on highly idealized models of computation.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Curtis-Trudel, Andre Eae.trudel@gmail.com0000-0002-2008-6134
Keywords: Computation, explanation, idealization
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Andre E Curtis-Trudel
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 14:59
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 14:59
Item ID: 20976
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 27 July 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20976

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