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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue on "Logical Issues in the History and Philosophy of Computing"

Special issue of the Journal History and Philosophy of Logic -TITLE Logical Issues in the History and Philosophy of Computing -GUEST EDITORS Liesbeth De Mol & Giuseppe Primiero

OCCASION AND BACKGROUND The computing sciences collect the most diverse 
complex of experts: philosophers, logicians, historians, mathematicians, 
computer scientists, programmers, engineers. The number of involved 
subjects grows accordingly: from foundational issues to their 
applications; from philosophical questions to problems of realizability 
and design of specifications; from theoretical studies of computational 
barriers to the relevance of machines for educational purposes. A 
historical awareness of the evolution of computing not only helps to 
clarify the complex structure of the computing sciences, but it also 
provides an insight in what computing was, is and maybe could be in the 
future. Philosophy, on the other hand, helps to tackle some of the 
fundamental problems of computing, going from the limits of the 
?mathematicizing power of homo sapiens?to the design of feasible and 
concrete models of interactive processes. Following the organization of 
the first International Conference on the History and Philosophy of 

held from November 7 to 10, 2011 at the University of Ghent and organized 
by the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, a special issue of the 
Journal History and Philosophy of Logic will appear.

TOPICS Philosophy and Computability share a common ground in the logical 
foundations and their application to computational problems. The role of 
Logic is thus undoubtedly crucial to the rise and growth of Computing. 
From the problems related to the Grundlagenkrisis at the end of the XIX to 
the understanding of crucial notions as infinity and meaning manipulation 
in formal systems; from the definition of algorithmic processes to their 
limitation and abstraction with respect to resources; from complexity to 
undecidability; from systems of computations to programs. These are all 
topics that exist precisely at the intersection of philosophy and 
computing, where the logical roots of both are discovered. But if the role 
of the logical foundations for both Computability and Philosophy is 
evident, less evident appears to be an understanding of the methodological 
and historical role that this plays today and how this shapes its 
technical and applicational problems.

We solicit submissions of papers that combine both historical and 
systematic aspects of the computational sciences, in particular related to 
the logical and philosophical foundations of: computational systems and 
machines; models of computability; physical ChurchTuring Thesis; semantic 
theories of programming languages; epistemology of computing.

April 15, 2012: Deadline paper submission
July 15, 2012: Deadline reviews papers
October 15, 2012: Deadline revised papers
2013: Publication of the special issue

SUBMISSION DETAILS: To submit a paper for this Special Issue, please 
follow all the instructions for regular submissions, available at

including Word and Latex templates, formats, destination of the submission.