William J. Rapaport

Professor, Emeritus
PhD, Indiana University

Contact Information:

Department of Computer Science & Engineering
338 Davis Hall, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4736
Email:   rapaport@buffalo.edu
Personal Website:
  William J. Rapaport

Areas of Specialization

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Knowledge Representation, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Development, Philosophy of Computer Science.

Current Research

I am currently writing a textbook on the philosophy of computer science,  and a paper on the relation of computing to the world.

Selected Publications

  • Rapaport, William J. & Kibby, Michael W. (2014) "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: From Algorithm to Curriculum," in Adriano Palma (ed.), Castaneda and his Guises: Essays on the Work of Hector-Neri Castaneda (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter) 107-50.

  • Rapaport, William J. (2013) "Meinongian Semantics and Artificial Intelligence," in special issue (Meinong Strikes Agaiin: Return to Impossible Objects 100 Years Later, ed. Mari and Paoletti) of Journal of Philosophical Studies 25 (December) 25-52. 

  • Rapaport, William J. (2012) "Can't We Just Talk? Commentary on Arel's 'The Threat of a Reward-Driven Adversarial Artificial General Intelligence'," in Amnon H. Eden et al, eds., Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientiific and Philosophical Assessment (Berlin: Springer) 59-60.

  • Rapaport, William J. (2012), "Semiotic Systems, Computers, and the Mind: How Cognition Could Be Computing", International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems 2(1) (January-June): 32–71.