Primiero on Physical Computation


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This note discusses the account of physical computation offered in Part II of Primiero’s On the Foundations of Computing. Although there is much to find attractive about the account, I argue that the account is obscure at certain crucial junctures and that it does not supply a wholly satisfactory account of miscomputation. I close by considering whether the engineering foundation of computing requires a theory of physical computation in the first place, suggesting tentatively that it does not.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalGlobal Philosophy
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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  • Computer engineering
  • Implementation
  • Miscomputation
  • Physical computation


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