Fundamental Computing

Prof. Pawel POLAK

Course content

The presentations for the lectures are available in encrypted ZIF - only for the authorised students and only for educational use.

Topics of lectures:

Primary literature

  1. Piccinini G., Computation in Physical Systems, [in:] The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, E. N. Zalta (ed.), Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University 2017,
  2. Pexton M., Emergence and Fundamentality in a Pancomputationalist Universe, „Minds and Machines”, vol 25, no 4, 2015, pp. 301–320. doi:10.1007/s11023-015-9383-9
  3. Krzanowski R., Minimal Information Structural Realism, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no 63, 2017, pp. 59–75.

Supplementary literature

  1. Dodig-Crnkovic G., Müller V.C., A Dialogue Concerning Two World Systems: Info-Computational vs. Mechanistic, [in:] Information and Computation, M. Burgin, G. Dodig-Crnkovic (eds.), Singapore 2011, pp. 149–184.
  2. William J. Rapaport, Philosophy of Computer Science,
  3. Roman Krzanowski, Pawel Polak, Introduction to Philosophy of Computer Science (PhD course 2016/2017)

Assessment methods and criteria

A student will be examined orally (English or Polish) on a base of a set of open questions regarding the course's content. There is a possibility of writing a final paper instead of the oral exam. Additionally, student's activity during the class may raise one's grade.