The Future of the Cognitive Revolution

The Future of the Cognitive Revolution : Alternative Futures

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The model of the mind developed during the 20th-century's so-called "cognitive revolution" - that the mind is analogous to computer software - has recently lost its once virtually unquestioned pre-eminence. Thus we are now faced with the question of whether it it possible to repair this model, or whether we need to reconceive it in fundamental terms and replace it with something different. In this book, 28 scholars from various areas of cognitive science present their judgments on the future course for this intellectual movement.show more

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  • Hardback | 411 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 34mm | 711g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 13 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195103335
  • 9780195103335

Table of contents

Introduction: what is the purported discipline of cognitive science and why does it need to be reassessed at the present moment? - the search for "cognitive glue". Part 1 Good old-fashioned cognitive science: does it have a future?; language and cognition; functionalism - cognitive science or science fiction?; reassessing the cognitive revolution; promise and achievement in cognitive science; Boden's middle way - viable or not?; metasubjective processes - the missing "lingua franca of cognitive science"; is cognitive science a discipline?; anatomy of a revolution. Part 2 Cognitive science and the study of language: language from an internalist perspective; the novelty of Chomsky's theories; but what have you done for us lately? - some recent perspectives on linguistic nativism. Part 3 Connectionism: a non-rule-following rival or supplement to the traditional approach?; from text to process - connectionism's contribution to the future of cognitive science; embodied connectionism; neural networks and neuroscience - what are connectionist simulations good for?; can Wittgenstein help free the mind from rules?; the philosophical foundations of connectionism; what might cognition be if not computation? Part 4 The ecological alternative: knowledge as sensitivity to objectively existing facts; the future of cognitive science - an ecological analysis; the cognitive revolution from an ecological point of view. Part 5 Challenges to cognitive science - the cultural approach: will cognitive revolutions ever stop?; neural cartesianism: comments on the epistemology of the cognitive sciences; "oren stenlund" - language, action and mind; cognition as a social practice - from computer power to word power; "Berkeleyan" arguments and the ontology of cognitive science. Part 6 Historical approaches: the mind from an historical perspective - human cognitive phylogenesis and the possibility of continuing cognitive evolution; taking the past seriously - how history shows that eliminativists' account of folk psychology is partly right and partly wrong. Afterword: cognitive science and the future of psychology - challenges and opportunities.show more