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Studies in Brain and Mind
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Cognitive Structural Realism

A Radical Solution to the Problem of Scientific Representation

Authors: Beni, Majid Davoody

  • Dissolves the most vicious problem of scientific realism (i.e., the problem of scientific representation)
  • Promotes and reconstructs the cognitive models of science approach
  • Develops a new form of structural realism
  • Combines the philosophical and scientific resources of Structural Realism along with Ronald Giere and friend’s Cognitive Models of Science approach
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In this book, the author develops a new form of structural realism and deals with the problem of representation. The work combines two distinguished developments of the Semantic View of Theories, namely Structural Realism (SR), a flourishing theory from contemporary philosophy of science, and Ronald Giere and colleagues’ Cognitive Models of Science approach (CMSA).

Readers will see how replacing the model-theoretic structures that are at issue in SR with connectionist networks and activations patterns (which are the formal tools of computational neuroscience) helps us to deal with the problem of representation. The author suggests that cognitive structures are not only the precise formal tools for regimenting the structure of scientific theories but also the tools that the biological brain uses to capture the essential features (i.e., structures) of its environment. Therefore, replacing model-theoretic structures with cognitive structures allows us to account for the theories-reality relationship on the basis of the most reliable theories of neurology. This is how a new form of SR, called Cognitive Structural Realism (CSR) is introduced through this book, which articulates and defends CSR, and shows how two diverging branches of SVT can be reconciled.
This ground-breaking work will particularly appeal to people who work in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.

About the authors

Majid D. Beni obtained his PhD. at Tehran, Iranian Institute of Philosophy. He wrote greater part of his dissertation when he was visiting the School of Life Science, at ASU, where he worked on the history of philosophy of science under the supervision of Rick Creath. For the past few years he taught courses on the philosophy of science, philosophy of cognitive science, and mathematical logic. Through his career he attempted drawing connection between his work on Structural Realism and the philosophy of science on the one hand and recent developments in computational neuroscience and empirical and theoretical psychology on the other hand. He has developed Epistemic Informational Structural Realism and Structural Realist theory of Self in his previous publications. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction, a Radically Naturalist Solution to the Problem of Scientific Representation

    Pages 1-9

    Beni, Majid Davoody

  • The Parting of the Ways

    Pages 11-36

    Beni, Majid Davoody

  • The Problem of Representation and a Formal Solution

    Pages 37-59

    Beni, Majid Davoody

  • The Problem of Representation, Real Patterns, and Rainforests

    Pages 61-82

    Beni, Majid Davoody

  • A Rudimentary Version of Cognitive Structural Realism

    Pages 83-116

    Beni, Majid Davoody

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05114-3
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Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05113-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cognitive Structural Realism
Book Subtitle
A Radical Solution to the Problem of Scientific Representation
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Brain and Mind
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05114-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05114-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05113-6
Series ISSN
1573-4536
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 188
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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