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Paperback | $32.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262531351| 6 x 9 in | August 1995

Philosophy and AI

Essays at the Interface


Philosophers have found that the concepts and technology of artificial intelligence provide useful ways to test theories of knowledge and reason. Conversely, researchers in artificial intelligence, noting that the production of information processing systems requires a prior theory of rationality, have begun writing philosophy. Philosophy and AI presents invited contributions that focus on the different perspectives and techniques that philosophy and AI bring to the theory of rationality.

Contents: Plans and Resource-Bounded Practical Reasoning, Michael E. Bratman, David J. Israel, and Martha E. Pollack. Cross Domain Inference and Problem Embedding, Robert Cummins. The Foundations of Psychology, Jon Doyle. Memory, Reason, and Time: The Step-logic Approach, Jennifer J. Elgot-Drapkin, Michael Miller, and Donald Perlis. Artificial Intelligence and Hard Problems: The Expected Complexity of Problem Solving, Clark Glymour, Kevin Kelly, and Peter Spirtes. Normative and Descriptive Ideals, Henry Kyburg. Ampliative Inference, Computation, and Dialectic, R. P. Loui. Probabilistic Semantics for Nonmonotonic Reasoning, Judea Pearl. Oscar: A General Theory of Rationality, John L. Pollock. Knowledge Representation for NaturalLanguage Competence. Stuart C. Shapiro and William J. Rapaport. Implementing the Intentional Stance, Yoav Shoham. The Dinosaur Debate: Explanatory Coherence and the Problem of Competing Hypotheses, Paul Thagard.

A Bradford Book

About the Editors

Robert Cummins is Professor of Philosophy at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

John L. Pollock is Regents Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona.


"This excellent collection contains important contributions from leading researchers in artificial intelligence and philosophy, working in the intersection of these subjects, an area of intense and exciting activity in recent years. Anyone with an interest in planning, reasoning, or the nature of mind will want to read this book."
Gilbert Harman, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University