The Chinese Room Argument

[Revised entry by David Cole on April 9, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The argument and thought-experiment now generally known as the Chinese Room Argument was first published in a
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[Revised entry by David Cole on April 9, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The argument and thought-experiment now generally known as the Chinese Room Argument was first published in a paper in 1980 by American philosopher John Searle (1932- ). It has become one of the best-known arguments in recent philosophy. Searle imagines himself alone in a room following a computer program for responding to Chinese characters slipped under the door. Searle understands nothing of Chinese, and yet, by following the program for manipulating symbols and numerals...

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