Philosophy of Computer Science
Last Update: 28 January 2010
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Here is a list of some possible term-paper topics:
Further discussion of any topic covered in class, e.g.:
- A critical examination of (someone
else's) published answer to one of the questions listed on the
Your answer to
one of the questions listed on the syllabus, including
a defense of your answer.
A critical examination of any of the required or recommended (or any
other approved and relevant) readings.
A critical study of any monograph (i.e., single-topic book)
or anthology (including
special issues of journals) on the philosophy of computer science.
A critical, but general, survey article on the philosophy of computer
science that would be appropriate for an encyclopedia of philosophy or
an encyclopedia of computer science.
A presentation and well-argued defense of
your "philosophy of computer science", i.e., your answers
to all (or most) of our questions, together with supporting reasons.
- Other ideas of your own, approved by me in advance, including, but
not limited to, such topics that we have mentioned but have not
- Is CS an empirical or a mathematical science?
- Is CS an artificial or a natural science?
- How does (the philosophy of CS) fit in with
Alfred North Whitehead's "process philosophy"?
For general assistance with writing (including my required method of
paper preparation and format, as well as advice on grammar), see my
website "How to Write".
For specific assistance on writing a philosophy paper, see
any of the guides on the Google list on "writing philosophy papers"
"What Is Philosophy?" Webpage.
The paper should be a maximum of 10
pages (i.e., about 2500
words) (not counting the bibliography).
Monday, Feb. 15: Proposal and reading list due.
- Your proposal and reading list must be approved by me
before you begin your research and writing.
- Because the term paper is optional, you do not need
to commit yourself to it even if you turn in a proposal.
Monday, May 3: Final paper will be due on the day of the final exam.
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William J. Rapaport