Readings in Philosophy and Cognitive Science / Edition 1

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This collection of readings shows how cognitive science can influence most of the primary branches of philosophy, as well as how philosophy critically examines the foundations of cognitive science. Its broad coverage extends beyond current texts that focus mainly on the impact of cognitive science on philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology, to include materials that are relevant to five other branches of philosophy: epistemology, philosophy of science (and mathematics),metaphysics, language, and ethics.

The readings are organized by philosophical fields, with selections evenly divided between philosophers and cognitive scientists. They draw on research in numerous areas of cognitive science,including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology,psychology of reasoning and judgment, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuropsychology. There are timely treatments of current topics and debates such as the innate understanding of number, children's theory of mind, self-knowledge,consciousness, connectionism, and ethics and cognitive science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262571005
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/1993
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin I. Goldman is Professor of Philosophy and Research Scientist in Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Epistemology 7
1 Visual Object Recognition 9
2 Deductive Reasoning 23
3 Probabilistic Reasoning 43
4 Our Native Inferential Tendencies 69
5 Epistemic Folkways and Scientific Epistemology 95
II Science and Mathematics 117
6 Observation Reconsidered 119
7 Perceptual Plasticity and Theoretical Neutrality: A Reply to Jerry Fodor 139
8 Explanatory Coherence 153
9 Scientific Discovery 185
10 Evidence against Empiricist Accounts of the Origins of Numerical Knowledge 209
III Mind 229
11 Troubles with Functionalism 231
12 Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes 255
13 Fodor's Guide to Mental Representation 271
14 Misrepresentation 297
15 How We Know Our Minds: The Illusion of First-person Knowledge of Intentionality 315
16 The Psychology of Folk Psychology 347
17 Quining Qualia 381
18 Neuropsychological Evidence for a Consciousness System 415
IV Metaphysics 445
19 Object Perception 447
20 Ontological Categories Guide and Young Children's Inductions of Word Meaning 461
21 Some Elements of Conceptual Structure 481
22 Color Subjectivism 493
V Language 509
23 On the Nature, Use, and Acquisition of Language 511
24 On Learning the Past Tenses of English Verbs 535
25 Critique of Rumelhart and McClelland 553
26 The Mental Representation of the Meaning of Words 561
27 Brain and Language 585
28 Meaning, Other People, and the World 597
VI Ethics 621
29 Ethics and Cognitive Science 623
30 The Contribution of Empathy to Justice and Moral Judgment 647
31 Situations and Dispositions 681
VII Conceptual Foundations 697
32 Autonomous Psychology and the Belief-Desire Thesis 699
33 Individualism and Psychology 719
34 The Co-evolutionary Research Ideology 745
35 On the Proper Treatment of Connectionism 769
36 Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture 801
37 The Computer Model of the Mind 819
38 The Critique of Cognitive Reason 833
Index 849
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