ISBN-10:
0199828156
ISBN-13:
9780199828159
Pub. Date:
11/15/2013
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science / Edition 2

Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science / Edition 2

by Andy Clark

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Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science / Edition 2

Ranging across both standard philosophical territory and the landscape of cutting-edge cognitive science, Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Second Edition, is a vivid and engaging introduction to key issues, research, and opportunities in the field.

Starting with the vision of mindware as software and debates between realists, instrumentalists, and eliminativists, Andy Clark takes students on a no-holds-barred journey through connectionism, dynamical systems, and real-world robotics before moving on to the frontiers of cognitive technologies, enactivism, predictive coding, and the extended mind. Throughout, he highlights challenging issues in an effort to engage students in active debate. Each chapter opens with a brief sketch of a major research tradition or perspective, followed by concise critical discussions dealing with key topics and problems.

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ISBN-13: 9780199828159
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 484,504
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andy Clark is Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of six books including Supersizing the Mind (2008) and Natural-Born Cyborgs (2004), both published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction: (Not) Like a Rock
1. Meat Machines: Mindware as Software
2. Symbol Systems
3. Patterns, Contents, and Causes
4. Connectionism
5. Perception, Action, and the Brain
6. Robots and Artificial Life
7. Dynamics
8. Cognitive Technology: Beyond the Naked Brain
9. Extended Minds?
10. Enacting Perceptual Experience
11. Prediction Machines
12. (Not Really a) Conclusion
Appendix I. Some Backdrop: Dualism, Behaviorism, and Beyond
Appendix II . Consciousness and the Meta-Hard Problem

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