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Glossary of Cognitive Science

Glossary of Cognitive Science
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As an subject evolves into a specialized, sophisticated, or technical field of study, so does the vocabulary required for those with an interest in that particular discipline. "Lay people," whether novices, generalists, or scholars of divergent backgrounds, may easily find themselves adrift in a sea of unfamiliar terminology, without the tools of language necessary to grasp not only subtleties and fine distinctions, but often key concepts as well.

Created for contemporary students, teachers, and knowledge-thirsty readers, this series extends a bridge to repair this information and communications chasm. Providing a guide for reading and a boost for writing, each glossary delivers a clear, thorough overview of a distinct field -- all within one handy, accessible book. Compiled and edited by academic professionals accomplished within each particular discipline, each volume comes in a portable, 4 1/81, x 6 1/2" paperback and a cloth edition suitable for reference libraries. This series includes three titles, Glossary of Cognitive Science, Glossary of Epistemology/Philosophy of Science and Glossary of Semiotics.

Glossary of Cognitive Science

Cognitive science draws on the fields of computer science (artificial intelligence), cognitive psychology, linguistics, and philosophy in order to explore the nature of intentional thought in humans other animals, and machines. This compendium of 433 entries, ranging from 25 to 250 words in length, offers a thorough guide to the specialized terms and ideas used in one of today's most exciting and fastest growing areas of intellectual inquiry. The handbook includes succinct synopses of the work of many seminal figures in cognitive science.

CHARLES E. M. DUNLOP has an M.S. in computer science and artificial intelligence, in addition to his Ph.D. in philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan at Flint and the co-editor of Computerization and Controversy (Academic Press, 1991). He has published numerous articles on artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and related subjects.

JAMES H. FETZER is professor and chairman of the department of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In addition to publishing more than seventy articles and reviews, he is the author of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded (1996), the editor of Foundations of Philosophy of Science: Recent Developments (1993) and The Paragon Glossary in Epistemology/Philosophy of Science (with Robert Almeder), all published by Paragon House.