Knowledge, truth, and values in computer science

Timothy R Colburn, Gary Shute

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Abstract

Among empirical disciplines, computer science and the engineering fields share the distinction of creating their own subject matter, raising questions about the kinds of knowledge they engender. The authors argue that knowledge acquisition in computer science fits models as diverse as those proposed by Piaget and Lakatos. However, contrary to natural science, the knowledge acquired by computer science is not knowledge of objective truth, but of values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts and Principles
PublisherIGI Global
Pages119-131
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781616920142
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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