Studies in Brain and Mind

The Systematicity Arguments

Authors: Aizawa, Kenneth L.

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This book addresses a part of a problem. The problem is to determine the architecture of cognition, that is, the basic structures and mechanisms underlying cognitive processing. This is a multidimensional problem insofar as there appear to be many distinct types of mechanisms that interact in diverse ways during cognitive processing. Thus, we have memory, attention, learning, sensation, perception, and who knows what else, interacting to produce behavior. As a case in point, consider a bit of linguistic behavior. To tell a friend that I think Greg won a stunning victory, I must evidently rely on various bits of information stored in my memory, including who my friends are, who Greg is, what he won, and what natural languages I share with my friend. I must sense and perceive that my friend is within hearing distance, how loud I need to speak, how loud I am speaking, and whether my friend is paying attention. I must avail myself of what I know about the language I share with my friend, along with innumerable principles about human "folk psychology. " This book does not address the full range of contemporary theorizing about cognitive architecture, but only a part. It addresses theories of cognitive architecture that hypothesize that there exist cognitive representations, then begins to explore the possible structure of these representations. One of the leading hypotheses concerning the structure of cognitive representations is that it is akin to that found in symbolic logic.

Reviews

"Aizawa makes an important contribution to the debate over whether a connectionist architecture can explain the systematicity of thought without implementing a classical architecture. His discussion blows away many pockets of unclarity in the literature on this issue."
(Brian McLaughlin, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Structure of Cognitive Representations

    Aizawa, Kenneth

    Pages 1-18

  • Some History and Philosophy of Science

    Aizawa, Kenneth

    Pages 19-41

  • The Productivity of Thought

    Aizawa, Kenneth

    Pages 43-55

  • The Systematicity of Inference

    Aizawa, Kenneth

    Pages 57-90

  • The Systematicity of Cognitive Representations

    Aizawa, Kenneth

    Pages 91-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Systematicity Arguments
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Brain and Mind
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0275-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0275-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7271-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7284-0
Series ISSN
1573-4536
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 255
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