Are There Teleological Functions to Compute

@inproceedings{Mollo2018AreTT,
  title={Are There Teleological Functions to Compute},
  author={Dimitri Coelho Mollo},
  year={2018}
}
I analyse a tension at the core of the mechanistic view of computation, generated by its joint commitment to the medium-independence of computational vehicles, and to computational systems possessing teleological functions to compute. While computation is individuated in medium-independent terms, teleology is sensitive to the constitutive physical properties of vehicles. This tension spells trouble for the mechanistic view, suggesting that there can be no teleological functions to compute. I… CONTINUE READING

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