Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Paperback | November 19, 2013

byAndy Clark

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Ranging across both standard philosophical territory and the landscape of cutting-edge cognitive science, Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Second Edition, is a vivid and engaging introduction to key issues, research, and opportunities in the field.Starting with the vision of mindware as software and debates between realists, instrumentalists, and eliminativists, Andy Clark takes students on a no-holds-barred journey through connectionism, dynamical systems, and real-world robotics before moving on to the frontiers of cognitive technologies,enactivism, predictive coding, and the extended mind. Throughout, he highlights challenging issues in an effort to engage students in active debate. Each chapter opens with a brief sketch of a major research tradition or perspective, followed by concise critical discussions dealing with key topicsand problems.

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Ranging across both standard philosophical territory and the landscape of cutting-edge cognitive science, Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Second Edition, is a vivid and engaging introduction to key issues, research, and opportunities in the field.Starting with the vision of mindware as software and deb...

Andy Clark is Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of six books including Supersizing the Mind (2008) and Natural-Born Cyborgs (2004), both published by Oxford University Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199828156

ISBN - 13:9780199828159

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Introduction: (Not) Like a Rock1. Meat Machines: Mindware as Software2. Symbol Systems3. Patterns, Contents, and Causes4. Connectionism5. Perception, Action, and the Brain6. Robots and Artificial Life7. Dynamics8. Cognitive Technology: Beyond the Naked Brain9. Extended Minds?10. Enacting Perceptual Experience11. Prediction MachinesAppendix I. Some Backdrop: Dualism, Behaviorism, and BeyondAppendix II . Consciousness and the Meta-Hard Problem