Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 17–19
Are Computers Digital? Should Constructivists Care?

Stefano Franchi

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Open peer commentary on the article “Constructivism and Computation: Can Computer-Based Modeling Add to the Case for Constructivism?” by Manfred Füllsack. Upshot: While I do agree with Füllsack’s positive assessment of the use of computer simulations in advancing constructivism’s program, I am less convinced by the alleged opposition between computers and constructivism he builds up. In my opinion, his depiction of computers and computation is inaccurate in several respects. As a result, the alleged incompatibility with constructivism Füllsack objects to disappears, and his whole essay could then be construed as a classic straw man fallacy. This is unfortunate, because it could lead to an unwarranted dismissal of his positive contribution.


Franchi S. (2013) Are computers digital? Should constructivists care? Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 17–19. http://constructivist.info/9/1/017

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