The Future of the Cognitive Revolution

Paperback | January 1, 1997

EditorDavid Johnson, Christina Erneling

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The basic idea of the particular way of understanding mental phenomena that has inspired the "cognitive revolution" is that, as a result of certain relatively recent intellectual and technological innovations, informed theorists now possess a more powerfully insightful comparison or model formind than was available to any thinkers in the past. The model in question is that of software, or the list of rules for input, output, and internal transformations by which we determine and control the workings of a computing machine's hardware. Although this comparison and its many implicationshave dominated work in the philosophy, psychology, and neurobiology of mind since the end of the Second World War, it now shows increasing signs of losing its once virtually unquestioned preeminence. Thus we now face the question of whether it is possible to repair and save this model by means ofrelatively inessential "tinkering", or whether we must reconceive it fundamentally and replace it with something different. In this book, twenty-eight leading scholars from diverse fields of "cognitive science"-linguistics, psychology, neurophysiology, and philosophy- present their latest, carefullyconsidered judgements about what they think will be the future course of this intellectual movement, that in many respects has been a watershed in our contemporary struggles to comprehend that which is crucially significant about human beings. Jerome Bruner, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Boden, UlricNeisser, Rom Harre, Merlin Donald, among others, have all written chapters in a non-technical style that can be enjoyed and understood by an inter-disciplinary audience of psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and cognitive scientists alike.

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In Reassessing the Cognitive Revolution, leading scholars from diverse fields of cognitive science-linguistics, psychology, neuropsychology, and philosophy-present their latest, carefully considered judgments about the future of this intellectual movement. Jerome Bruner, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Putnam, and Margaret Boden, among others, ha...

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The basic idea of the particular way of understanding mental phenomena that has inspired the "cognitive revolution" is that, as a result of certain relatively recent intellectual and technological innovations, informed theorists now possess a more powerfully insightful comparison or model formind than was available to any thinkers in t...

David Johnson is at York University. Christina Erneling is at Umea University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.13 × 6.26 × 1.02 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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"David Martel Johnson: PART ONE: Good Old-Fashioned Cognitive Science: Does It Have a Future?David Martel Johnson: 1. Noam Chomsky: Language and Cognition2. Hilary Putnam: Functionalism: Cognitive Science or Science Fiction?3. Stuart Shanker: Reassessing the Cognitive Revolution4. Margaret Boden: Promise and Achievement in Cognitive Science5. Carol Fleisher Feldman: Boden's Middle Way: Viable or Not?6. Juan Pascual-Leone: Metasubjective Processes: The Missing Lingua Franca of Cognitive Science7. Don Ross: Is Cognitive Science a Discipline?8. Ellen Bialystok: Anatomy of a RevolutionPART TWO: Cognitive Science and the Study of LanguageChristina Erneling: 9. Noam Chomsky: Language from an Internalist Perspective10. Joseph Agassi: The Novelty of Chomsky's Theories11. Christopher D. Green and John Vervaeke: But What Have You Done for Us Lately? Some Recent Perspectives on Linguistic NativismPART THREE: Connectionism: A Non-Rule-Following Rival, or Supplement to the Traditional Approach?David Martel Johnson: 12. Andy Clark: From Text to Process: Connectionism's Contribution to the Future of Cognitive Science13. William Bechtel: Embodied Connectionism14. Sidney J. Segalowitz and Daniel Bernstein: Neural Networks and Neuroscience: What Are Connectionist Simulations Good for?15. Itiel E. Dror and Marcelo Dascal: Can Wittgenstein Help Free the Mind from Rules? The Philosophical Foundations of Connectionism16. Timothy van Gelder: The Dynamical AlternativePART FOUR: The Ecological Alternative: Knowledge as Sensitivity to Objectively Existing FactsDavid Martel Johnson: 17. Ulric Neisser: The Future of Cognitive Science: An Ecological Analysis18. Edward Reed: The Cognitive Revolution from an Ecological Point of ViewPART FIVE: Challenges to Cognitive Science: The Cultural ApproachChristina Erneling: 19. Jerome Bruner: Will Cognitive Revolutions Ever Stop?20. Jeff Coulter: Neural Cartesianism: Comments on the Epistemology of the Cognitive Sciences21. Soren Stenlund: Language, Action, and Mind22. John Shotter: Cognition as a Social Practice: From Computer Power to Word Power23. Rom Harre: "Berkeleyan" Arguments and the Ontology of Cognitive SciencePART SIX: Historical ApproachesChristina Erneling: 24. Merlin Donald: The Mind Considered from a Historical Perspective: Human Cognitive Phylogenesis and the Possibility of Continuing Cognitive Evolution25. David Martel Johnson: Taking the Past Seriously: How History Shows That Eliminativists' Account of Folk Psychology Is Partly Right and Partly WrongAFTERWORD: Cognitive Science and the Future of Psychology--Challenges and OpportunitiesChristina Erneling: Citation IndexSubject Index

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In Reassessing the Cognitive Revolution, leading scholars from diverse fields of cognitive science-linguistics, psychology, neuropsychology, and philosophy-present their latest, carefully considered judgments about the future of this intellectual movement. Jerome Bruner, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Putnam, and Margaret Boden, among others, have written original chapters in a nontechnical style that can be enjoyed and understood by an interdisciplinary audience of psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and cognitive scientists alike.

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