[Humanist] 31.258 pubs: computationalism

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 258.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:17:21 +0100
        From: Fintan Nagle <fsnlists at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Final Call for Papers (submission date: 1 Sep): RoPP special issue on Computationalism and Philosophy of Information


Subsequent to our previous CfPs, Review of Philosophy and Psychology invites
submissions for a special issue titled ‘Computationalism Meets the
Philosophy of Information’.

The view that the human mind is a kind of computational machine began to
make waves with the advent of the first computers in the middle of the last
century. McCulloch and Pitts suggested early on that the mind may be
something like a Turing machine. This view came to be known as ‘classical
computationalism’. It was quickly met with an onslaught of objections, and
in reaction a number of liberalisations ensued.

 One view that has recently been gaining ground attempts to articulate the
notion of computation in terms of information and information-processing.
Interest in these two areas, i.e. computationalism and the philosophy of
information, is on the ascendancy. This special issue is devoted to the
intersection between them, especially to papers that engage in a meaningful
way with recent work in cognitive science.

Accepted papers will complement invited contributions from:

   - Rosa Cao (NYU)
   - Nir Fresco (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
   - Michael Rescorla (UCLA)
   - Mark Sprevak (Edinburgh)

Suitable papers may address such questions as:

   - What species of information are there, and which, if any, are
   processed by the mind?
   - Is there any evidence from neuroscience to support e.g. the claim that
   the brain operates with Shannon-information?
   - What is computation and how is it related to information processing?
   - Do certain theories of information privilege classical vs
   connectionist computationalism?
   - Can computation and/or information illuminate representational content?
   - Do measures of information flow capture learning?
   - How are human and deep learning analogous?
   - Can Bayesian models provide an adequate account of our cognitive

Answers to these and related questions promise to extend our understanding
of computation, information, the human mind, and its neural underpinning.

Submissions and refereeing

Submissions, no more than 8,000 words in length, are to be made through the
online editorial manager https://www.editorialmanager.com/ropp/default.aspx,
by September 1, 2017. Each submission will be peer-reviewed by no less
than two referees.

Guest Editors

Brian Ball (Philosophy, NCH and Oxford), Fintan Nagle (Psychology, NCH and
UCL), and Ioannis Votsis (Philosophy, NCH and LSE). Enquiries can be made
to the Guest Editors at firstname.lastname at nchlondon.ac.uk.

End of Call

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