2 May 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
470 Stephens Hall
Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
The great advances in reasoning capacity due to the so-called “finite element revolution” in modern computing rely upon a subtle reallocation of descriptive content amongst the traditional formulas of engineering practice. This altered distribution of linguistic labor requires the salient “possibilities” of a modeling effort to coordinate amongst themselves in a careful and controlled manner. In this talk we shall explore the wider implications that such constructions suggest for “semantic thinking” about language employment in general.
Additional sponsorship comes from: HPLMS Working Group, Department of Philosophy Office for the History of Science and Technology