Philosophical Studies Series

Reflections on Programming Systems

Historical and Philosophical Aspects

Editors: de Mol, Liesbeth, Primiero, Giuseppe (Eds.)

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  • Offers a systematic philosophical and historical analysis of operating systems
  • Presents novel research in the history of computing
  • Features philosophical analysis grounded in technical aspects 
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This book presents a historical and philosophical analysis of programming systems, intended as large computational systems like, for instance, operating systems, programmed to control processes. The introduction to the volume emphasizes the contemporary need of providing a foundational analysis of such systems, rooted in a broader historical and philosophical discussion.

The different chapters are grouped around three major themes. The first concerns the early history of large systems developed against the background of issues related to the growing semantic gap between hardware and code. The second revisits the fundamental issue of complexity of large systems, dealt with by the use of formal methods and the development of `grand designs’ like Unix. Finally, a third part considers several issues related to programming systems in the real world, including chapters on aesthetical, ethical and political issues.

This book will interest researchers from a diversity of backgrounds. It will appeal to historians, philosophers, as well as logicians and computer scientists who want to engage with topics relevant to the history and philosophy of programming and more specifically the role of programming systems in the foundations of computing.


About the authors

Dr. Giuseppe Primiero is Associate Professor of Logic at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan (Italy). He is President of the DHST-DLMPST Commission on the History and Philosophy of Computing, Member at Large of the Leadership Committee of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy and since 2016 Secretary General for the Association Computability in Europe. His research areas include logic, philosophy of information and computation.

Liesbeth De Mol is a CNRS researcher based in France. She is the founding president of the DHST/DLMPST Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing, coundil and steering committee member of the Association for Computability in Europe and principal investigator of the ANR research project PROGRAMme on the history and philosophy of computer programs (2018-2022). Her research focuses on the histoircal and epistemological connections between logic, programming and computing.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Programming Systems: in Search of Historical and Philosophical Foundations

    Mol, Liesbeth (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Validity and Correctness Before the OS: the Case of LEO I and LEO II

    Arif, Rabia (et al.)

    Pages 15-47

  • What Is an Operating System? A Historical Investigation (1954–1964)

    Bullynck, Maarten

    Pages 49-79

  • Formal Semantics of ALGOL 60: Four Descriptions in their Historical Context

    Astarte, Troy K. (et al.)

    Pages 83-152

  • Sans-Papiers as First-Class Citizens

    Rohrhuber, Julian

    Pages 153-185

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reflections on Programming Systems
Book Subtitle
Historical and Philosophical Aspects
Editors
  • Liesbeth de Mol
  • Giuseppe Primiero
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
133
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97226-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97226-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97225-1
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 286
Number of Illustrations
79 b/w illustrations
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