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Meaning and Mental Representation : Meaning and Mental Representation - Robert Cummins

Meaning and Mental Representation

Meaning and Mental Representation

Paperback

Published: 5th February 1991
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In this provocative study, Robert Cummins takes on philosophers, both old and new, who pursue the question of mental representation as an abstraction, apart from the constraints of any particular theory or framework. Cummins asserts that mental representation is, in fact, a problem in the philosophy of science, a theoretical assumption that serves different explanatory roles within the different contexts of commonsense or "folk" psychology, orthodox computation, connectionism, or neuroscience.

Cummins looks at existing and traditional accounts by Locke, Fodor, Dretske, Millikan, and others of the nature of mental representation and evaluates these accounts within the context of orthodox computational theories of cognition. He proposes that popular accounts of mental representation are inconsistent with the empirical assumptions of these models, which require an account of representation like that involved in mathematical modeling. In the final chapter he considers how mental representation might look in a connectionist context.

A Bradford Book.

-- David Papineau, Times Higher Education Supplement " Cummins has written an immensely useful book. Although this is an area with a complex and confusing literature, Cummins manages to keep things short, simple and clear... Those who want to become informed about aboutness will not do better than start here." -- David Papineau, Times Higher Education Supplement & quot; Cummins has written an immensely useful book. Although this is an area with a complex and confusing literature, Cummins manages to keep things short, simple and clear... Those who want to become informed about aboutness will not do better than start here.& quot; -- David Papineau, Times Higher Education Supplement "Cummins has written an immensely useful book. Although this is an area with a complex and confusing literature, Cummins manages to keep things short, simple and clear... Those who want to become informed about aboutness will not do better than start here."--David Papineau, Times Higher Education Supplement "Cummins addresses problems facing naturalistic theories of representation in cognitive systems. After providing a sophisticated survey of the strengths and defects of traditional and recent proposals, he develops his own 'interpretational' approach in some detail. Given the unusual clarity and concision with which he writes, there is no question that the book will be tremendously useful to any student of cognitive science or philosophy of language and mind."--Georges Rey, University of Maryland

ISBN: 9780262530965
ISBN-10: 0262530961
Series: Meaning and Mental Representation
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 5th February 1991
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition