Two freely available online collections of books and papers,
bridging Computation, AI, Biology and Philosophy.
William Rapaport
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY 14260-2500 U.S.A.
CSE Eminent Professor Emeritus
Winner of the 2015 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association.
(for research on philosophy and computing.)

Aaron Sloman
The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Honorary Professor of AI and Cognitive Science,
Fellow of AAAI, AISB, EURAI, Alan Turing Institute

Winner of the 2020 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association.
(for research on philosophy and computing.)
This two-person overview document was produced by Aaron Sloman, in cooperation with William Rapaport. It is likely to remain available here, though the contents may change. More detailed information about our freely available online books and related resources(below) have been split into two separate web pages, one for each of us.
Note by Aaron Sloman
During the first two decades of the 21st Century, interest in AI, its promises, its limitations, its relevance to philosophy and the sciences of mind, and its social implications expanded rapidly, partly because of some highly publicised successful practical applications of AI and the defeat of the world GO champion by an AI program

Much that is written about this by non-experts (and some experts) is based on a shallow understanding of AI and computation, and their connections with other disciplines -- e.g. connections with Immanuel Kant's philosophy of mathematics, evolutionary biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science and linguistics.

Below are links to two FREELY DOWNLOADABLE online books written separately by the two of us, with associated additional materials. They present different but overlapping viewpoints and ongoing research hitherto done independently. Although Rapaport's book referenced mine, I was unaware of his until 2019, when we began communicating, and later agreed to advertise our work jointly, especially for the benefit of philosophers and their students, though other researchers may also find them useful.

We are aware that we have selected different, but overlapping, sets of topics for discussion, and that we have some disagreements regarding topics in the overlap area. At some future date we may attempt to resolve the disagreements or at least document our reasons for disagreeing, inviting others to comment!

Further information about the two authors, their books on philosophy and computing, and related work:
1. William J. Rapaport
Philosophy of Computer Science [2004-2020]
(And related work.)

2. Aaron Sloman
The Computer Revolution in Philosophy: Philosophy, Science and Models of Mind [1978-2020]
(And related work.)

This work, and everything else on this website, is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
This does not necessarily apply to items elsewhere that are referenced here.

Maintained by Aaron Sloman
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham