Cognitive Semantics and Scientific Knowledge

Cognitive Semantics and Scientific Knowledge : Case studies in the cognitive science of science

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The book focuses on the question of how and to what extent cognitive semantic approaches can contribute to the new field of the cognitive science of science. The argumentation is based on a series of instructive case studies which are intended to test the prospects and limits of the metascientific application of both holistic and modular cognitive semantics. The case studies show that, while cognitive semantic research is able to solve problems which have traditionally been the domain of the philosophy of science, it also encounters serious limits. The prospects and the limits thus revealed suggest new research topics which in future can be tackled by cognitive semantic approaches to the cognitive science of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 261 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 19.05mm | 503.48g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115011
  • 9781588115010

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. Part I. Preliminaries; 4. 1. On the cognitive turn; 5. 2. Two metascientific extensions of cognitive semantics; 6. Part II. Prospects: Theoretical terms; 7. 3. The background; 8. 4. Case study: A holistic approach to the problem of theoretical terms; 9. 5. Case study: A modular approach to the problem of theoretical terms; 10. 6. Conclusions; 11. Part III. Prospects: Sociological extensions; 12. 7. The background; 13. 8. Case study: A sociological extension of the modular approach; 14. 9. Case study: A sociological extension of the holistic approach; 15. 10. Conclusions: Prospects; 16. Part IV. Limits; 17. 11. The background; 18. 12. Case study: The sceptical dilemma of cognitive semantics; 19. 13. Two case studies: Cognitive semantics and classic philosophical problems; 20. 14. Conclusions: Limits; 21. 15. Summary: The solution to the main problem; 22. 16. Notes; 23. 17. References; 24. 18. Appendix; 25. Indexshow more