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Big Red Logic Books, again

So I now at last have a full draft of the new book-style version of Gödel Without (Too Many) Tears. But I’m going to take my own advice and put this aside for a week or more, before returning with fresh eyes … Continue reading → The post Big Red Logic Books, again appeared first on Logic [More]

Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption: A New Model for Analysis

Along with a team of amazing co-authors, I recently published an article examining the ways in which AI can disrupt legal norms and practices. It's a long article, with lots of detail on debates in law and technology, but I think it contains a really important and interesting model for mapping out the different forms of AI-mediated disruption of the legal system. Furthermore, since the legal system is, in effect, just a system of norms and AI is just a type of technology, the model developed also helps us to understand how technology can disrupt any normative system. More details below.Title: Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption: A New Model for AnalysisAuthors: Hin-Yan Liu, Matthijs Maas, John Danaher, Luisa Scarcella, Michaela Lexer, Leonard Van RompaeyLinks: Official; Philpapers; Researchgate; AcademiaAbstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly expected to disrupt the ordinary functioning of society. From how we fight wars or govern society, to how we work and play, and from how we create to how we teach and learn, there is almost no field of human activity which is believed to be entirely immune from the impact of this emerging technology. This poses a multifaceted problem when it comes to designing and understanding regulatory responses to AI. This article aims to: (i) defend the need for a novel conceptual model for understanding the systemic legal disruption caused by new technologies such as AI; (ii) to situate this model in relation to [More]

Kant’s View of the Mind and Consciousness of Self

[Revised entry by Andrew Brook and Julian Wuerth on October 8, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Even though Kant himself held that his view of the mind and consciousness were inessential to his main purpose, some of the ideas central to his point of view came to have an enormous influence on his successors. Some of his ideas are now central to cognitive science, for example. Other ideas equally central to his point of view had little influence on subsequent work. In this article, first we survey Kant's model as a whole and the claims in it that have been influential. Then we examine his claims about consciousness of self specifically. Many of his ideas that have not been influential are ideas about the consciousness of [More]

Anthony Collins

[Revised entry by William Uzgalis on October 8, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Anthony Collins (1676 - 1729) was a wealthy English free-thinker, deist and materialist who in his later years became a country squire and local government official in Essex. Along with John Toland, Collins was the most significant member of a close knit circle of radical free thinkers that arose in England in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. This group included such men as Samuel Bold, Matthew Tindal, Thomas Woolston and William [More]