Philosophy of Computer Science, CD5650

Course leader: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic ,







Deadline for final paper version and Lecture notes extended to June the 1th.


Here is the result of your course evaluation - very enthusiastic!


Would you like to see May 13th Class and Dinner, and  May 14th PI-Miniconference pictures? You remember our discussions on art and computers when  Magnus mentioned interactive fiction. Here is the link Here is also the link to the Museum of Computer Art


If you are using a computer to make the presentation, please send your presentation file to me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but not later than on Thursday. Using only one computer for presentations we can spare a lot of time for connecting and re-connecting to the projector, starting up and such. The other alternative is  to prepare acetate slides (OH). We must follow the time schedule strictly in order to finish the PI course not later than  five o'clock on Friday.


Because you might wish to make the last corrections of your papers after the mini-conference, I suggest that you send me the most recent versions (with comments from the reviewers and others taken into account) the week after the conference, deadline May 25 (the same deadline as for the class-notes). We are going to publish the Proceedings from the PI-conference and it is best to have the final version of your papers in it.


If you are using a computer to make the presentation, please send your presentation file to me. Using only one computer for presentations we can spare a lot of time for connecting and re-connecting to the projector, starting up and such. The other alternative is  to prepare acetate slides (OH).


Further clarification after your questions. You review three papers, and you oppose to one paper (ask questions on the conference) , according to mini-conference schedule.

If you have any doubts about what you are supposed to do as reviewer or opponent, please mail me. Don't forget to send a copy of your paper to me.


Some more information on mini-conference 14 May where PI-papers will be presented. Your presentation (of your paper) should last 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes afterward for opponents questions and discussion. Under no circumstances will your total time be allowed to exceed 20 minutes. Time management is an important element for the success of the conference. Take a look of a mini-conference schedule here.

Here is the practical advice on Preparing Your Presentation.
As an opponent (referee for the paper, according to the mini-conference schedule ) you are supposed to ask questions that you prepare in advance. Concerning the sort of questions you ask: think of it from the audience's point of view. All detailed/specialist/technical questions may be discussed off the record. The aim of the conference (including the discussions) is to give the participants as interesting and nuanced picture of the field as possible.


Deadline for paper submission is extended to 1 May for those of you who need more time. Please do send a copy of your paper both to me and to your colleagues who are going to review it/ oppose to it (see under MINI-CONFERENCE).

In reviewing the paper you might have help from the following link
Here is the text that will help you to write your review report, to be sent to your colleagues and me: Review a research paper. Deadline for sending review reports 7 May. Please try to follow those deadlines, as they can not be further extended, because the Mini-conference is taking place on 14 May, and authors must be given time to improve their papers.


Thank you all for making even this methodology part of PI-course so interesting and instructive. I am sure we all learned plenty of new things and we attained new insights.

Today I promised you a link to Paul Thagards book Conceptual Revolutions. I strongly recommend you to read  it! Here is the link


To all of you who write about INFORMATION. Please have a look at the new article:

"Information", invited contribution to the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, (ESTE) edited by Carl Mitcham (Macmillan).

See even:  Handbook on the Philosophy of Information

One more thing. Remember that the deadline for the abstract is  tomorrow 7th of  February.


An excellent source of information are two last issues of the journal Minds and Machines,
dedicated to PI. See Vol 13  and  Vol 14 (free available on-line): Minds and Machines, homepage
(Search under "Journal Contents"  link)


TODAY is the deadline for choosing the subject for your paper. If you do not intend to write a paper, and choose the 3 points course variant, please let me know. Otherwise be so kind and send me your topic. See also  MINI-CONFERENCE


For you who read Swedish, Alexander recommends two books:

Som introduktion till allmän filosofi rekommenderar Alexander  följande:

Nordin, S. (2003), Filosofins historia: det västerländska förnuftets äventyr från Thales till postmodernismen. 2:a utök. uppl. Studentlitteratur, Lund.

Som introduktion till vetenskapsfilosofi rekommenderar Alexander:

Allwood, C.M. & Erikson, M.G. (1999), Vetenskapsteori för psykologi och andra samhällsvetenskaper. Studentlitteratur, Lund.


Take a look at class pictures - given in chronological order.
A word on Class Notes/Lecture Notes: Your own critical thoughts are most welcome, not only the account of what has been going on in the classroom.


Some of you asked me about a reference in Theory of Science that might be used as a background to the first part of the PI course. Here is a link to the compendium I have written for the Research Methodology course:

If you have any suggestions about other references that might be useful, please mail me, I will post it on the course page for the whole class.

Glossary of Technical Terms (Floridi) might be very useful while reading philosophy

See also the other related web resources.


We have got a really great start for the PI course! Thanks to all of you taking part in the discussions with so much interest and genuine engagement. It is exactly the way this course is supposed to look like!


Course start, see  Schedule and HOW TO FIND US (IDT, VARGENS VRET, morning lecture) see also MDH CAMPUS (how to find Rosenhill,  afternoon lectures, and the description of the location of all lecture halls).




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Updated 2009-11-02