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Consciousness, Cognitive Schemata, and Relativism : Multidisciplinary Explorations in Cognitive Science - Matti Kamppinen

Consciousness, Cognitive Schemata, and Relativism

Multidisciplinary Explorations in Cognitive Science

By: Matti Kamppinen (Editor)

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Published: 31st May 1993
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This series includes monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information, and data-processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human, (other) animal, or machine. Its scope spans the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and sociobiology (concerning the mental powers of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis is placed upon theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. This multi-authored volume provides investigations that fall into three broad areas of inquiry. In Part I, Antti Revonsuo reviews and evaluates contemĀ­ porary discussions of the nature of consciousness. In Part II, Matti Kamppinen explores methodological issues, distinguishing between "intentional" and "structural" explanations. In Part III, Seppo Sajama and Simo Vihjanen consider whether humans ever have direct access to reality (in Section A), while Matti Kamppinen and Antti Revonsuo explore the conseĀ­ quences of the claim that our knowledge of reality is conceptually mediated (in Section B). These studies combine to provide a stimulating exploration of cognitive science that should appeal to students and to scholars alike. J.H.F. vii PREFACE BY THE EDITOR The purpose of the book is to illustrate how empirical and conceptual problems interact in modem cognitive science. We argue that several topics discussed in contemporary research have long historical roots in philosophy.

Series Preface
Preface by the Editor
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Cognitive Models of Consciousness
Consciousness as a Contemporary Philosophical Problemp. 27
Philosophical Theories of Consciousnessp. 33
Consciousness and Models of Cognitionp. 58
The Future Science of Consciousnessp. 91
Cognitive Schemata
Intentional Explanationp. 133
Structural Explanationp. 140
The Cognitive Schemap. 143
Rationality and Hermeneuticsp. 163
Relativism and Cognitivism
Representation and Reality
Introduction: Representation and Realityp. 171
Acquaintancep. 181
Mental Indexicalityp. 190
Mental Acts De Rep. 198
The Experience of Realityp. 211
The Experience of Identityp. 217
Ultimate Relativism
Cultural Relativism and Cognitivismp. 229
Ultimate Relativismp. 235
Index of Namesp. 243
Index of Subjectsp. 247
List of Authorsp. 251
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ISBN: 9780792322757
ISBN-10: 0792322754
Series: Studies in Cognitive Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54