Philosophy of Computing


The Philosophy of Computing research group works at the intersection between the philosophy of computer science, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of cognition, and the history and philosophy of artificial intelligence. It integrates perspectives from all these philosophical subdisciplines.

One of the central aims of the group’s research is to elucidate and make more precise the concepts of “computing” and “computation” that are involved in the various debates in the relevant fields. Within this context, the member’s special interests comprise the definitions of natural numbers and ‘standard’ versus non-standard computation as well as in the relation between human and machine-based computation. Insights into these topics are relevant to debates in and about all varieties of artificial intelligence, computer science and the cognitive sciences – to which all members already have made contributions.


Selected publications 

  • P. Quinon: Can Church’s thesis be viewed as a Carnapian explication?, Synthese, 2021, vol. 198, pp.1047-1074. DOI:10.1007/s11229-019-02286-7
  • H. Greif: Analogue models and universal machines. Paradigms of epistemic transparency in Artificial Intelligence. Minds & Machines, 2022, online first. DOI:10.1007/s11023-022-09596-9
  • P. Stacewicz: From Computer Science to the Informational Worldview. Philosophical Interpretations of Some Computer Science Concepts, Foundations of Computing & Decision Sciences, 2019, vol. 44, no. 1, pp.27-43. DOI:10.2478/fcds-2019-0003


Selected grants 

  • “Turing, Ashby, and ‘the Action of the Brain’”. NCN OPUS 19 grant ref. 2020/37/B/HS1/01809, 2021-2023. PI: dr Hajo Greif, CI: dr Paweł Stacewicz, postdoc: dr Adam Kubiak. Funding: PLN 767,130.–
  • “Conceptual structure of natural numbers. Modeling numerical cognition by conceptual spaces”. NCN OPUS 21 grant ref. 2021/41/B/HS1/01023, 2022-2025. PI: dr Paula Quinon. Funding: PLN 234,606.–