This volume provides an introduction to and review of key contemporary debates concerning connectionism, and the nature of explanation and methodology in cognitive psychology.
The first debate centers on the question of whether human cognition is best modeled by classical or by connectionist architectures. The second centres on the question of the compatibility between folk, or commonsense, psychological explanation and explanations based on connectionist models of cognition. Each of the two sections includes a classic reading along with important responses, and concludes with a specially commissioned reply by the main contributor. The editorial introductions provide a comprehensive survey and map through the debates.
Part I: Subdoxastic Explanation I: Connectionism and Classical
1. Introduction: Classicism v. Connectionism: Cynthia
2. On the Proper Treatment of Connectionism: Paul Smolensky.
3. Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture: A Critical
Analysis: Jerry A. Foder and Zenon W. Pylyshyn.
4. Connectionism, Constituency and the Language of Thought: Paul
5. Connectionism and the Problem of Systematicity: Why
Smolensky's Solution Doesn't Work: Jerry A. Foder and Brian P.
6. Reply: Constituent Structure and Explanation in an Integrated
Connectionist/Symbolic Cognitive Architecture: Paul Smolensky.
Part II: Subdoxastic Explanation II: Connectionism and
7. Introduction: Connectionism and Eliminativism: Cynthia
8. Connectionism, Eliminativism and the Future of Folk
Psychology: William Ramsey, Stephen Stich and Joseph Garon.
9. Connectionist Minds: Andy Clark.
10. On the Projectable Predicates of Connectionist Psychology: A
Case for Belief: Paul Smolensky.
11. Reply to Clark and Smolensky: Do Connectionists Minds Have
Beliefs?: Stephen Stich and Ted Warfield.
Series: Debates on Psychological Explanation : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 16th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.93 x 15.39
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1