Gualtiero Piccinini

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Gualtiero Piccinini
Gualtiero Piccinini.jpg
Born November 11, 1970
Italy
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic
Main interests Philosophy of mind
Cognitive science
Philosophy of language

Gualtiero Piccinini (born 1970) is an Italian and American philosopher notable for his work on the nature of mind and computation as well as on how to integrate psychology and neuroscience.He is Professor and Chair in the Philosophy Department and the Center for Neurodynamics at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA.[1]

Background[edit]

Piccinini was born and raised in Italy, and studied philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Turin. He then went to graduate school at University of Pittsburgh, specializing in philosophy of science.[2] Upon completion of his Ph.D. he held a postdoctoral position at the PNP program at Washington University, St. Louis, devoted to Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology. He started his position at University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2005 and received early tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2010 and early promotion to full professor in 2014.[3] Since 2011 he has been Chair of the Philosophy Department.[4]

Work[edit]

Cognitive science[edit]

In the area of cognitive science Piccinini is best known for his mechanistic account of what it takes for a physical system to perform computations. He has argued that computation is a kind of mechanistic process that does not require representation.[5] Building on his account of computation, he and co-author Sonya Bahar, an award-winning physicist and Director of the Center for Neurodynamics at University of Missouri, argue that neural computations are neither digital nor analog, but sui generis.[6]

Philosophy of mind[edit]

Piccinini is also widely known for his critique of pancomputationalism[7] and for his view about first-person data such as data from first-person reports.[8] He has argued that first-person data are scientifically legitimate because they are public like other scientific data.[9][10] Piccinini has also published influential articles on computational theories of cognition, concepts, and consciousness, with award-winning physicist Sonya Bahar and his post doc and research associate Corey Maley from Princeton University, among others.[11]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Piccinini has received several awards, fellowships and teaching releases, including a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Scholars' Award by the National Science Foundation.[12] He is the recipient of the 2014 Herbert Simon award by the International Association of Computing and Philosophy. [13]

He is the Chair of the Committee for the Neuroscience Certificate at University of Missouri, St. Louis.[14]

He has been Philosophy Program Chair for the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.[15]

He is the founder of Brains, an academic group blog in the philosophy of mind, psychology, and neuroscience and one of the founders of SLAPSA, a St. Louis-based organization for the philosophy of science, run by Piccinini, Professor Carl Craver (Washington University Saint Louis) and Professor Kent Staley (Saint Louis University).[16]

Bibliography[edit]

A partial list of publications by Gualtiero Piccinini:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gualtiero Piccinini's Homepage". St. Louis: University of Missouri. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Official Website
  3. ^ Piccinini's website
  4. ^ List of Faculty, Department of Philosophy UMSL
  5. ^ Nir Fresco (2008). "An Analysis of the Criteria for Evaluating Adequate Theories of Computation." Minds and Machines 18 (3).
  6. ^ Kristian Marlow (2012). "Is the Brain a Computer?" Psychology Today, November 28.
  7. ^ Arkoudas, K., “Computation, Hypercomputation, and Physical Science”, Journal of Applied Logic, 6.4 (2008): 461-475.
  8. ^ Chalmers, D., The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press (2010), p. 53
  9. ^ The Splintered Mind: Underblog
  10. ^ Nursing, Philosophy, and Science
  11. ^ Piccinini's website
  12. ^ Piccinini's website
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Official Website
  15. ^ Official Website
  16. ^ [2]

Sources[edit]

  • "Gualtiero Piccinini's Homepage". St. Louis: University of Missouri. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  • Nir Fresco (2008). "An Analysis of the Criteria for Evaluating Adequate Theories of Computation." Minds and Machines 18(3), September 2008, pp. 379–401.
  • Arkoudas, K., “Computation, Hypercomputation, and Physical Science”, Journal of Applied Logic, 6.4 (2008): 461–475.
  • Chalmers, D., The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press (2010), p. 53

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