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Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Philosophy and Cognitive Science
ISBN
1557787395
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
210

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30

Products Extra
Second Edition: Revised and Expanded


Index , Bibliography
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“Jim Fetzer’s abilities as a stimulating teacher and as an insightful scholar are wonderfully woven together in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. He introduces a broad range of perspectives and insights on the interaction of philosophy and the rapidly developing disciplines of cognitive science.... Reading [it] is a richly rewarding experience.” –William Bechtel, Washington University, and current Editor of Philosophical Psychology “This is a good book. Innovative in its integration of computational and connectionist approaches with more traditional views of thought and representation, the book ably introduces a host of issues at the interface of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. It will he valuable to anyone with a general interest in cognitive science and should also he popular as a text.” –George Graham, University of Alabama, Birmingham, and former Editor of Behavior and Philosophy Philosophy and Cognitive Science provides an introduction to cognitive science, the most exciting and fastest growing area of intellectual inquiry in the world today. It examines the principal problems that cognitive science addresses, the solutions it considers, and the intellectual landscape against which its importance may be measured.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Preface
Preface to 2nd Edition

Chapter 1. A SCIENCE OF COGNITION
Human Beings as Thinking Things, Explaining Human Behavior, Explanations Without Cognition, Cognition and Explanation, Scientific Theories and Laws

Chapter 2. ARE WE BRAINS IN VATS?
Common-Sense Psychology, Eliminative Materialism, Minds as Brains in Vats, Where in the World Are Meanings?, From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science

Chapter 3. MINDS AND MACHINES
Turing Machines, The Imitation Game, The Chinese Room, Understanding Natural Language, The Problem of Other Minds

Chapter 4. THE NATURE OF LANGUAGE
Physical Symbol Systems, The Computational Conception, The Problem of Representation, The Primacy of Primitives, Causal Theories of Reference

Chapter 5. WHAT IS MENTALITY?
Intensionality, Intensional Contexts, Semiotic Systems, Modes of Mentality, Higher Types of Mentality

Chapter 6. CONNECTIONISM AND COGNITION
A Dispositional Conception, Concepts and Cognition, Connectionist Networks, Bodies and Minds, The Laws of Cognition

Chapter 7. MENTAL DEVELOPMENT
Rationalism and Empiricism, Habits of Mind, Functionally Similar Systems, Epigenetic Rules, Gene-Culture Coevolution

Chapter 8. ARE HUMANS RATIONAL?
The Nature of Logic, Human Rationality, Rationality of Action, Rationality of Belief, Evolution and Rationality

Chapter 9. MENTALITY, CAUSALITY, MORALITY
Communication and Convention, Transient Rationality, The Analytic and A Posteriori, Cognitive Explanations, Freedom and Morality

For Further Reading
References
Name Index
Subject Index

JAMES H. FETZER is McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is author of Philosophy of Science and Foundations of Philosophy of Science: Recent Developments and co-author of Glossary of Epistemology/Philosophy of Science and Glossary of Cognitive Science. He is Editor of Minds and Machines and Series Editor of Studies in Cognitive Systems.

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