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The Chinese Room Argument


Tibrewal, Vansh (2023) The Chinese Room Argument. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/j3zc-ky05.


Introduction: The question of what constitutes understanding is often discussed without considering the more fundamental question of what the human mind is. Searle’s Chinese Room Argument attempts to challenge those who believe in strong AI and functionalism by proposing an example that meets their requirements for understanding yet intuitively seems to lack understanding. In the process, Searle makes claims about what AI functionalists believe about the nature of the human mind as well as how he differs from them. This essay will discuss the views of Searle and his detractors, and attempt to extend those views and dissect how they interact with each other.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing; Hixon Prize for Writing; Hixon Writing Center
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Philosophy
Awards:Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing, 2023.
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Research Advisor(s):
  • Hitchcock, Christopher R.
Group:Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing, Hixon Writing Center
Thesis Committee:
  • None, None
Defense Date:29 May 2023
Record Number:CaltechThesis:08072023-195534107
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ID Code:16153
Deposited By: Hanna Ramsey
Deposited On:07 Aug 2023 21:09
Last Modified:18 Jan 2024 17:27

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