Turing, functionalism, and emergence

Luís Moniz Pereira, Ari Saptawijaya

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The main content of this chapter addresses the relevance of the ground breaking work of Alan Turing to justify our functionalism stance regarding the modeling of morality. Building intelligent machines seeks a partial understanding of the emergence of higher-level properties, like morality. Functionalism holds that the material substrate is not of the essence, and that it suffices to realize equivalent functionality albeit by way of a different material vehicle. The most fruitful inquires into the nature of “mind” or “general intelligence” shall include the use of Artificial Intelligence to simulate complex mental operations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-29354-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-29353-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2192-6255
ISSN (Electronic)2192-6263


  • Engineer Ethic
  • Multiple Realization
  • General Intelligence
  • Equivalent Functionality
  • Abstract Machine


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