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The Architecture of Cognition

Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge · The MIT Press

by Paco Calvo Editor · John Symons Editor

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Philosophers and cognitive scientists reassess systematicity in the post-connectionist era, offering perspectives from ecological psychology, embodied and distributed cognition, enactivism, and other methodologies.

In 1988, Jerry Fodor and Zenon Pylyshyn challenged connectionist theorists to explain the systematicity of cognition. In a highly influential critical analysis of connectionism, they argued that connectionist explanations, at best, can only inform us about details of the neural substrate; explanations at the cognitive level must be classical insofar as adult human cognition is essentially systematic. More than twenty-five years later, however, conflicting explanations of cognition do not divide along classicist-connectionist lines, but oppose cognitivism (both classicist and connectionist) with a range of other methodologies, including distributed and embodied cognition, ecological psychology, enactivism, adaptive behavior, and biologically based neural network theory. This volume reassesses Fodor and Pylyshyn's "systematicity challenge" for a post-connectionist era.

The contributors consider such questions as how post-connectionist approaches meet Fodor and Pylyshyn's conceptual challenges; whether there is empirical evidence for or against the systematicity of thought; and how the systematicity of human thought relates to behavior. The chapters offer a representative sample and an overview of the most important recent developments in the systematicity debate.

Contributors
Ken Aizawa, William Bechtel, Gideon Borensztajn, Paco Calvo, Anthony Chemero, Jonathan D. Cohen, Alicia Coram, Jeffrey L. Elman, Stefan L. Frank, Antoni Gomila, Seth A. Herd, Trent Kriete, Christian J. Lebiere, Lorena Lobo, Edouard Machery, Gary Marcus, Emma Martín, Fernando Martínez-Manrique, Brian P. McLaughlin, Randall C. O'Reilly, Alex A. Petrov, Steven Phillips, William Ramsey, Michael Silberstein, John Symons, David Travieso, William H. Wilson, Willem Zuidema

Publication Details

Publisher:
The MIT Press
Publication Date:
2014
Series:
The MIT Press

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  • Adobe PDF eBook 4.3 MB

John Symons (Editor)

John Symons is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas.

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John Symons (Contributor)

John Symons is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas.

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Brian P. McLaughlin (Contributor)

Gary F. Marcus is Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University.

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Paco Calvo (Editor)

Paco Calvo is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Murcia, Spain.

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Paco Calvo (Contributor)

Paco Calvo is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Murcia, Spain.

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Ken Aizawa (Contributor)

William Bechtel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of Mental Mechanisms: Philosophical Perspectives on Cognitive Neurosci...

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Gary F. Marcus (Contributor)

Jonathan Cohen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.

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Jeffrey Elman (Contributor)

Steven Phillips is Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan.

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Stefan L. Frank (Contributor)

William Wilson is Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

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Gideon Borensztajn (Contributor)

Anthony Chemero is Associate Professor in the Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind Program at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Creators

Editor :
John Symons
Contributor :
John Symons
Contributor :
Brian P. McLaughlin
Contributor :
William Bechtel
Contributor :
Jonathan Cohen
Editor :
Paco Calvo
Contributor :
Paco Calvo
Contributor :
Michael Silberstein
Contributor :
Anthony Chemero
Contributor :
William Ramsey
Contributor :
Steven Phillips
Contributor :
William H. Wilson
Contributor :
Edouard Machery
Contributor :
Antoni Gomila
Contributor :
Willem Zuidema
Contributor :
Ken Aizawa
Contributor :
Gary F. Marcus
Contributor :
Jeffrey Elman
Contributor :
Stefan L. Frank
Contributor :
Gideon Borensztajn
Contributor :
Randall C. O'Reilly
Contributor :
Alex A. Petrov
Contributor :
Christian J. Lebiere
Contributor :
Seth A. Herd
Contributor :
Trent Kriete
Contributor :
Alicia Coram
Contributor :
Fernando Martínez-Manrique
Contributor :
David Travieso
Contributor :
Lorena Lobo
Contributor :
Emma Martín
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