Computers, Minds and Conduct / Edition 1

Computers, Minds and Conduct / Edition 1

by Graham Button, Jeff Coulter, John Lee, Wes Sharrock
     
 

This book provides a sustained and penetrating critique of a wide range of views in modern cognitive science and philosophy of the mind, from Turing's famous test for intelligence in machines to recent work in computational linguistic theory.

While discussing many of the key arguments and topics, the authors also develop a distinctive analytic approach. Drawing

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This book provides a sustained and penetrating critique of a wide range of views in modern cognitive science and philosophy of the mind, from Turing's famous test for intelligence in machines to recent work in computational linguistic theory.

While discussing many of the key arguments and topics, the authors also develop a distinctive analytic approach. Drawing on the methods of conceptual analysis first elaborated by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the authors seek to show that these methods still have a great deal to offer in the field of the cognitive theory and the philosophy of mind, providing a powerful alternative to many of the positions put forward in the contemporary literature.

Amoung the many issues discussed in the book are the following: the Cartesian roots of modern conceptions of mind; Searle's 'Chinese Room' thought experiment; Fodor's 'language of thought' hypothesis; the place of 'folk psychology' in cognitivist thought; and the question of whether any machine may be said to 'think' or 'understand' in the ordinary senses of these words.

Wide ranging, up-to-date and forcefully argued, this book represents a major intervention in contemporary debates about the status of cognitive science an the nature of mind. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars in philosophy, psychology, linguistics and computing sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745615714
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/23/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Philosophy, Language and Mind11
2The Cartesian Nexus38
3Minds, Machines and 'Folk Psychology'55
4Connectionist Theory and Cognitive Science110
5Can a Machine Think?134
6Falling Short of the Programmatics: The Case of Computational Linguistics153
7Can a Machine Talk?182
Conclusion: 'None of the Above'211
Bibliography224
Index233

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