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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

James Mensch
Pages 459-471
DOI: 10.7761/9789738863262_6

Artificial Intelligence and the Phenomenology of Flesh

A. M. Turing argued that we should draw “a fairly sharp line between the physical and the intellectual capacities of a man.” Traditionally, this has meant disregarding the role flesh plays in our intellectual capacities. Correspondingly, intelligence has been defined in terms of the algorithms that both men and machines can perform. In this essay, I raise some doubts about this paradigm. Intelligence, I argue, is founded on flesh’s ability to move itself, to feel itself, and to engage in the body projects that accompany our learning a language. Th is implies such a sharp line cannot, in fact, be drawn.

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