Representation in Cognitive Science

Representation in Cognitive Science

作者:Shea, Nicholas
ISBN:9780198812883
语言:English
出版社:Oxford University Press
格式:Pdf
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Keywords

contemporary philosophy; cognitive sciences; mental representations; cognitive neuroscience

Abstract

“Our thoughts are meaningful. We think about things in the outside world; how can that be so? This is one of the deepest questions in contemporary philosophy. Ever since the ‘cognitive revolution’, states with meaning-mental representations-have been the key explanatory construct of the cognitive sciences. But there is still no widely accepted theory of how mental representations get their meaning. Powerful new methods in cognitive neuroscience can now reveal information processing in the brain in unprecedented detail. They show how the brain performs complex calculations on neural representations.

Drawing on this cutting-edge research, Nicholas Shea uses a series of case studies from the cognitive sciences to develop a naturalistic account of the nature of mental representation. His approach is distinctive in focusing firmly on the ‘subpersonal’ representations that pervade so much of cognitive science. The diversity and depth of the case studies, illustrated by numerous figures, make this book unlike any previous treatment. It is important reading for philosophers of psychology and philosophers of mind, and of considerable interest to researchers throughout the cognitive sciences.”

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作者:Shea, Nicholas
ISBN:9780198812883
语言:English
出版社:Oxford University Press
格式:Pdf

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