Computational Uses of Philosophical Dialogue Theories

David Moore, Dave Hobbes


The research discussed in this paper concerns an investigation of logical dialogue games as a vehicle for enhanced human-computer communication. The need for a dialogue capability in computer systems is argued, and a prima facie case made for dialogue games, in particular Mackenzie's "DC", as a suitable dialogue model. Empirical work concerning DC is outlined, and strategies for adoption by the computer are presented. A user interface, software architecture and conceptualised example are discussed. The hope is that the paper will help bring together two groups of workers-philosophers of dialogue and designers of computer systems-to the mutual benefit of each.


logical dialogue games, DC, Intelligent tutoring systems

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