Can semantics be syntactic?

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Abstract

The author defends John R. Searle's Chinese Room argument against a particular objection made by William J. Rapaport called the 'Korean Room'. Foundational issues such as the relationship of 'strong AI' to human mentality and the adequacy of the Turing Test are discussed. Through undertaking a Gedankenexperiment similar to Searle's but which meets new specifications given by Rapaport for an AI system, the author argues that Rapaport's objection to Searle does not stand and that Rapaport's arguments seem convincing only because they assume the foundations of strong AI at the outset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-328
Number of pages20
JournalSynthese
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

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