The Future of the Cognitive Revolution / Edition 1

The Future of the Cognitive Revolution / Edition 1

by David Johnson, Christina Erneling
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195103343

ISBN-13: 9780195103342

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The basic idea of the particular way of understanding mental phenomena that has inspired the "cognitive revolution" is that, as a result of certain relatively recent intellectual and technological innovations, informed theorists now possess a more powerfully insightful comparison or model for mind than was available to any thinkers in the past. The model

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The basic idea of the particular way of understanding mental phenomena that has inspired the "cognitive revolution" is that, as a result of certain relatively recent intellectual and technological innovations, informed theorists now possess a more powerfully insightful comparison or model for mind than was available to any thinkers in the past. The model in question is that of software, or the list of rules for input, output, and internal transformations by which we determine and control the workings of a computing machine's hardware. Although this comparison and its many implications have dominated work in the philosophy, psychology, and neurobiology of mind since the end of the Second World War, it now shows increasing signs of losing its once virtually unquestioned preeminence. Thus we now face the question of whether it is possible to repair and save this model by means of relatively inessential "tinkering", or whether we must reconceive it fundamentally and replace it with something different. In this book, twenty-eight leading scholars from diverse fields of "cognitive science"-linguistics, psychology, neurophysiology, and philosophy- present their latest, carefully considered judgements about what they think will be the future course of this intellectual movement, that in many respects has been a watershed in our contemporary struggles to comprehend that which is crucially significant about human beings. Jerome Bruner, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Boden, Ulric Neisser, Rom Harre, Merlin Donald, among others, have all written chapters in a non-technical style that can be enjoyed and understood by an inter-disciplinary audience of psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and cognitive scientists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103342
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: What is the Purported Discipline of Cognitive Science and Why Does It Need to Be Reassessed at the Present Moment? The Search for "Cognitive Glue" David Martel Johnson
PART ONE: Good Old-Fashioned Cognitive Science: Does It Have a Future? David Martel Johnson
1. Language and Cognition, Noam Chomsky
2. Functionalism: Cognitive Science or Science Fiction?, Hilary Putnam
3. Reassessing the Cognitive Revolution, Stuart Shanker
4. Promise and Achievement in Cognitive Science, Margaret Boden
5. Boden's Middle Way: Viable or Not?, Carol Fleisher Feldman
6. Metasubjective Processes: The Missing Lingua Franca of Cognitive Science, Juan Pascual-Leone
7. Is Cognitive Science a Discipline?, Don Ross
8. Anatomy of a Revolution, Ellen Bialystok
PART TWO: Cognitive Science and the Study of Language Christina Erneling
9. Language from an Internalist Perspective, Noam Chomsky
10. The Novelty of Chomsky's Theories, Joseph Agassi
11. But What Have You Done for Us Lately? Some Recent Perspectives on Linguistic Nativism, Christopher D. Green and John Vervaeke
PART THREE: Connectionism: A Non-Rule-Following Rival, or Supplement to the Traditional Approach? David Martel Johnson
12. From Text to Process: Connectionism's Contribution to the Future of Cognitive Science, Andy Clark
13. Embodied Connectionism, William Bechtel
14. Neural Networks and Neuroscience: What Are Connectionist Simulations Good for?, Sidney J. Segalowitz and Daniel Bernstein
15. Can Wittgenstein Help Free the Mind from Rules? The Philosophical Foundations of Connectionism, Itiel E. Dror and Marcelo Dascal
16. The Dynamical Alternative, Timothy van Gelder
PART FOUR: The Ecological Alternative: Knowledge as Sensitivity to Objectively Existing Facts David Martel Johnson
17. The Future of Cognitive Science: An Ecological Analysis, Ulric Neisser
18. The Cognitive Revolution from an Ecological Point of View, Edward Reed
PART FIVE: Challenges to Cognitive Science: The Cultural Approach Christina Erneling
19. Will Cognitive Revolutions Ever Stop?, Jerome Bruner
20. Neural Cartesianism: Comments on the Epistemology of the Cognitive Sciences, Jeff Coulter
21. Language, Action, and Mind, Sören Stenlund
22. Cognition as a Social Practice: From Computer Power to Word Power, John Shotter
23. "Berkeleyan" Arguments and the Ontology of Cognitive Science, Rom Harré
PART SIX: Historical Approaches Christina Erneling
24. The Mind Considered from a Historical Perspective: Human Cognitive Phylogenesis and the Possibility of Continuing Cognitive Evolution, Merlin Donald
25. Taking the Past Seriously: How History Shows That Eliminativists' Account of Folk Psychology Is Partly Right and Partly Wrong, David Martel Johnson
AFTERWORD: Cognitive Science and the Future of Psychology—Challenges and Opportunities Christina Erneling
Citation Index
Subject Index

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