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Between Saying and DoingTowards an Analytic Pragmatism$
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Robert B. Brandom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542871.001.0001

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Artificial Intelligence and Analytic Pragmatism

Artificial Intelligence and Analytic Pragmatism

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Between Saying and Doing

Robert B. Brandom (Contributor Webpage)

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A pragmatic version of the program of artificial intelligence is presented, contrasting with the classical symbolic approach. At its center is the claim that there can be a set of abilities that can both be algorithmically elaborated into the ability to engage in some autonomous discursive practice (a language game one can play though one plays no other) and every element of which can be exhibited by things that do not engage in any autonomous discursive practice. The difficulty of computing ranges of counterfactual robustness for complex relational predicates is offered as a reason for skepticism about this claim. The notion of pedagogical elaboration of abilities is contrasted with that of algorithmic elaboration.

Keywords:   artificial intelligence, pedagogy, algorithm, pragmatism, symbol, practice, counterfactuals

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