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Vygotsky and Cognitive Science
     

Vygotsky and Cognitive Science

by William Frawley
 

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Attempting to prove that the human mind is both a social construct and a computational device, as opposed to one or the other, linguistics expert William Frawley focuses on language and reconciles the linguistic device (the mind) and the linguistic person. He presents an examination of certain congenital disorders, like autism, that disrupt speech to clarify the issue

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Attempting to prove that the human mind is both a social construct and a computational device, as opposed to one or the other, linguistics expert William Frawley focuses on language and reconciles the linguistic device (the mind) and the linguistic person. He presents an examination of certain congenital disorders, like autism, that disrupt speech to clarify the issue of computational AND cognitive control.

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A clear and witty writer, Frawley has a rare ability to explain honestly and carefully the views of scholars that he disagrees with, and an excellent grasp of the literature within philosophy, psychology, and linguistics.

Professor Frawley's book is a major accomplishment--fascinating, compelling, and accessible. It brings together Vygotskian studies and major segments of cognitive science in a way that many have thought important to do but no one has succeeded in accomplishing. At many points the level and breadth of coverage is breathtaking.

Frawley reminds us of the continuing relevance of early Soviet psychology to the understanding of cognitive development and attempts to unite this with modern-day (western) computationalism...[He] begins his quest for unification with a thorough, and frequently masterful survey of the background terrain. The breadth of coverage is impressive...[and his] arguments concerning consciousness and meta-consciousness are compelling...Frawley has presented a coherent position that modern cognitive science cannot ignore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674943476
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.13(d)

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Frawley William :

William Frawley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Delaware, where he is also Director of Cognitive Science.

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