Book Announcement

Patrick Grim (cas@sunysb.edu)
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 14:27:07 +0200 (MET DST)

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

The Philosophical Computer
Exploratory Essays in Philosophical Computer Modeling

Patrick Grim, Gary Mar, and Paul St. Denis

Now available from MIT Press 1-800-356-0343

For a table of contents and the introduction, go to
http://ccmail.sunysb.edu/philosophy/faculty/pgrim/index.html

For a review and related java applets, go to
http://www.oxford-virtual.com/PhilComputer/index.html

The book uses a range of computational models to illuminate a variety of
questions in philosophy and philosophical logic. Topics include
self-reference and paradox in fuzzy logics, varieties of epistemic
chaos, fractal images of formal systems, and cellular automata models in
game theory. Examples in the last category include models for the
evolution of generosity, possible causes and cures for discrimination,
and the formal undecidability of patterns of social and biological
interaction.

Includes a cross-platform CD-Rom with a variety of working examples, in
color and often operating dynamically, embedded in a text that parallels
that of the book. Source code of all major programs is included to
facilitate future research.

"It is essential for anyone wishing to use computers as a philosophical
tool. By exploiting the iterative capability of computers and their
capacity to help us visualize processes by throwing them on a screen,
the book makes an impressive start in supporting a new paradigm in
philosophy: executable metaphysics...Strongly recommended."
–Peter Gibbons, The Times Higher Education Supplement

$50.00, including CD-Rom, from MIT Press, 1-800-356-0343

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