This series will include 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 is intended to span 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 capabilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. No problem within the field of cognitive inquiry is more difficult than that of developing an adequate conception of the nature of mind and of its mode of operation. Our purpose in compiling the present volume has been to contribute to the pursuit of this objective by bringing together a repre sentative cross-section of the principal approaches and the primary players who are engaged in contemporary debate on these crucial issues. The book begins with a comprehensive introduction composed by David Cole, the senior editor of this work, which provides a background for understanding the major problems and alternative solutions, and ends with a selected bibliography intended to promote further research. If our efforts assist others in dealing with these issues, they will have been worthwhile. J. H. F. David J. Cole et at. (eds. ), Philosophy, Mind, and Cognitive Inquiry, ix.
`... it offers -- to quote David Cole -- `valuable resources for future research into the theory of mind and in artificial intelligence'. Those of you with an interest in the philosophical underpinnings of cognitive science will enjoy this volume.'
David Hamilton, University of Sussex, 1990
Cognitive Inquiry and the Philosophy of Mind.- Prologue: What is Mind?.- Current Issues in the Philosophy of Mind.- I: Computational Conceptions.- Machines and the Mental.- What's in a Mind?.- II: Connectionist Conceptions.- Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychology.- On the Proper Treatment of Connectionism.- III: Representational Conceptions.- Semantics, Wisconsin Style.- Cognitive Science and the Problem of Semantic.- IV: Mentality and Intentionally.- The Primacy of the Intention.- Intentionality and Its Place in Nature.- V: Epistemology and Cognition.- Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized.- The Relation Between Epistemology and Psychology.- VI: The Mental and the Physical.- Two Versions of the Identity Theory.- A Bridge Between Cognitive Science and Neuroscience: The Functional Architecture of Mind.- Epilogue: Conflicting Conceptions.- Language and Mentality: Computational, Representational, and Dispositional Conceptions.- Selected Bibliography.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.