Józef BremerCorresponding authorORCID id and Mariusz FlasińskiCorresponding author ORCID id

The Turing Test, or a Misuse of Language when Ascribing Mental Qualities to Machines

27/1 – Spring 2022, pages 6-25
Date of online publication: 15 June 2022
Date of publication: 15 June 2022


In this paper we discuss the views on the Turing test of four influential thinkers who belong to the tradition of analytic philosophy: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Putnam and John Searle. Based on various beliefs about philosophical and/or linguistic matters, they arrive at different assessments of both the significance and suitability of the imitation game for the development of cognitive science and AI models. Nevertheless, they share a rejection of the idea that one can treat Turing test as a test for “machine thinking.” This seems to stem from a concern for the proper use of language —one that is a fundamental methodological commitment of analytic philosophy.


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Bremer, Józef and Mariusz Flasiński. 2022. "The Turing Test, or a Misuse of Language when Ascribing Mental Qualities to Machines." Forum Philosophicum 27 (1): 6–25. doi:10.35765/forphil.2022.2701.01


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