Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

Making AI Intelligible: Philosophical Foundations

Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever


Can humans and artificial intelligences share concepts and communicate? One aim of Making AI Intelligible is to show that philosophical work on the metaphysics of meaning can help answer these questions. Cappelen and Dever use the externalist tradition in philosophy of to create models of how AIs and humans can understand each other. In doing so, they also show ways in which that philosophical tradition can be improved: our linguistic encounters with AIs revel that our theories of meaning have been excessively anthropocentric. The questions addressed in the book are not only theoretically inte ... More

Keywords: artificial intelligence, philosophy of language, communication, deep learning, AI

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894724
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herman Cappelen, author
Chair Professor of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

Josh Dever, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin