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Dewhurst J. (2014) Rejecting the received view: Representation, computation, and observer-relativity. In: Majid al-Rifaie M., Gow J. & McGregor S. (eds.) Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AISB. AISB. Fulltext at http://cepa.info/3051
I defend Piccinini’s mechanistic account of computation against three related criticisms adapted from Sprevak’s critique of non-representational computation. I then argue that this defence highlights a major problem with what Sprevak calls the received view; namely, that representation introduces observer-relativity into our account of computation. I conclude that if we want to retain an objective account of computation, we should reject the received view.

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