Theory and Decision Library A:

Functional Models of Cognition

Self-Organizing Dynamics and Semantic Structures in Cognitive Systems

Editors: Carsetti, A. (Ed.)

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Our ontology as well as our grammar are, as Quine affirms, ineliminable parts of our conceptual contribution to our theory of the world. It seems impossible to think of enti­ ties, individuals and events without specifying and constructing, in advance, a specific language that must be used in order to speak about these same entities. We really know only insofar as we regiment our system of the world in a consistent and adequate way. At the level of proper nouns and existence functions we have, for instance, a standard form of a regimented language whose complementary apparatus consists of predicates, variables, quantifiers and truth functions. If, for instance, the discoveries in the field of Quantum Mechanics should oblige us, in the future, to abandon the traditional logic of truth functions, the very notion of existence, as established until now, will be chal­ lenged. These considerations, as developed by Quine, introduce us to a conceptual perspective like the "internal realist" perspective advocated by Putnam whose principal aim is, for cer­ tain aspects, to link the philosophical approaches developed respectively by Quine and Wittgenstein. Actually, Putnam conservatively extends the approach to the problem of ref­ erence outlined by Quine: in his opinion, to talk of "facts" without specifying the language to be used is to talk of nothing.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Carsetti, Arturo

    Pages 7-23

  • Functional Realism

    Wuketits, Franz M.

    Pages 27-38

  • Complexity and Cognition

    Parisi, Domenico

    Pages 39-49

  • From Visual Perception to Decision Making: A Synergetic Approach

    Haken, Hermann

    Pages 51-66

  • Connectionist Psychology and Synergetics of Cognition

    Pessa, Eliano

    Pages 67-90

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Functional Models of Cognition
Book Subtitle
Self-Organizing Dynamics and Semantic Structures in Cognitive Systems
Editors
  • A. Carsetti
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9620-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9620-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6072-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5360-2
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
II, 312
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