Syntax, Semantics, and Computer Programs

Philosophy and Technology 33 (2):309-321 (2020)
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Turner argues that computer programs must have purposes, that implementation is not a kind of semantics, and that computers might need to understand what they do. I respectfully disagree: Computer programs need not have purposes, implementation is a kind of semantic interpretation, and neither human computers nor computing machines need to understand what they do.

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William J. Rapaport
State University of New York, Buffalo


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