Reference : Computer Science and Metaphysics: A Cross-Fertilization
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Computer Science and Metaphysics: A Cross-Fertilization
Kirchner, Daniel [Freie Universität Berlin > Mathematics]
Benzmüller, Christoph mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)]
Zalta, Edward N. [Stanford University > Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI)]
Open Philosophy
De Gruyter Open
[en] Computational Metaphysics ; Abstract Object Theory ; Shallow Semantic Embedding ; Gödel’s Ontological Argument ; Theorem Proving ; Automated Reasoning
[en] omputational philosophy is the use of mechanized computational techniques to unearth philosophical insights that are either difficult or impossible to find using traditional philosophical methods. Computational metaphysics is computational philosophy with a focus on metaphysics. In this paper, we (a) develop results in modal metaphysics whose discovery was computer assisted, and (b) conclude that these results work not only to the obvious benefit of philosophy but also, less obviously, to the benefit of computer science, since the new computational techniques that led to these results may be more broadly applicable within computer science. The paper includes a description of our background methodology and how it evolved, and a discussion of our new results.

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