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Implementation-as: From Art & Science to Computing

Wiggershaus, Nick (2023) Implementation-as: From Art & Science to Computing. [Preprint]

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This paper vindicates interpretational accounts of physical computation. Specifically, recent agential approaches that couch implementation in terms of scientific representation are corroborated. Such accounts are strengthened by the introduction of a novel notion: Implementation-as. Implementation-as is theoretically underpinned by the DEKI-account (Frigg&Nguyen 2018), a formalized account of scientific representation relying on Goodman’s and Elgin’s notion of representation-as. The ensuing result is a philosophically robust account, satisfying the most important desiderata for accounts of computation in physical systems. The upshot is that physical computation occurs when agents use material systems as epistemic tools to compute a function. Application of this new framework is illustrated for the case of the MONIAC (an analog device) and the IAS-machine (a digital computer).


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wiggershaus, Nickwiggershaus.nick@gmail.com0000-0003-1992-3844
Keywords: Physical Computation; Implementation; Scientific Representation; Representation-as; MONIAC; IAS-machine
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Depositing User: Mr. Nick Wiggershaus
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2023 12:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2023 12:55
Item ID: 22178
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22178

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