Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turing

Turing 100

  • Juliet Floyd
  • Alisa Bokulich

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 324)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Juliet Floyd
    Pages 1-35
  3. Logic and Mathematics to Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Daniele Mundici, Wilfried Sieg
      Pages 39-62
    3. Juliette Kennedy
      Pages 63-91
    4. Rohit Parikh, Adriana Renero
      Pages 93-102
  4. The Universal Machine: From Music to Morphogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Martin Davis
      Pages 153-158
    3. Craig Bauer
      Pages 159-187
    4. B. Jack Copeland, Jason Long
      Pages 189-218
    5. S. Barry Cooper
      Pages 233-262
  5. Human, Machine, and Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Patrick Henry Winston
      Pages 265-278
    3. Michael Rescorla
      Pages 279-304
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-361

About this book


This volume presents an historical and philosophical revisiting of the foundational character of Turing’s conceptual contributions and assesses the impact of the work of Alan Turing on the history and philosophy of science. Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, the book draws out the continuing significance of Turing’s work. The centennial of Turing’s birth in 2012 led to the highly celebrated “Alan Turing Year”, which stimulated a world-wide cooperative, interdisciplinary revisiting of his life and work. Turing is widely regarded as one of the most important scientists of the twentieth century: He is the father of artificial intelligence, resolver of Hilbert’s famous Entscheidungsproblem, and a code breaker who helped solve the Enigma code. His work revolutionized the very architecture of science by way of the results he obtained in logic, probability and recursion theory, morphogenesis, the foundations of cognitive psychology, mathematics, and cryptography. Many of Turing’s breakthroughs were stimulated by his deep reflections on fundamental philosophical issues. Hence it is fitting that there be a volume dedicated to the philosophical impact of his work. One important strand of Turing’s work is his analysis of the concept of computability, which has unquestionably come to play a central conceptual role in nearly every branch of knowledge and engineering.


Alan Turing Alonzo Church Artificial Intelligence Computability and Philosophy Cryptography Enigma Machine Knowledge in Social Algorithms Kurt Gödel Ludwig Wittgenstein Measurement Based Quantum Computers Morphogenesis Philosophical Aspects of Turing’s Work Social Algorithms Turing's Concept of "Universal Machine" Voice Encryption

Editors and affiliations

  • Juliet Floyd
    • 1
  • Alisa Bokulich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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