Thursday, March 31, 2005

Thought for the Day

Computers ended up giving us a whole new cast of bread and butter metaphysicians, people making their living in realms of abstraction with concrete consequences in code. When philosophers cranked up their propositional calculus and modal logic in the golden age of Principia Mathematica, they maybe expected such lines of work would be their legacy. But academic philosophy seems relatively stuck with old tools right now. Computer science is doing more of the heavy lifting. And what would mathematics be today, without Mathematica? Computers have changed the dialog among the disciplines.