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Representation Reconsidered - William M. Ramsey

Representation Reconsidered

Paperback Published: 5th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521153324
Number Of Pages: 270

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Cognitive representation is the single most important explanatory notion in the sciences of the mind and has served as the corner-stone for the socalled "cognitive revolution". This book critically examines the ways in which philosophers and cognitive scientists appeal to representations in their theories, and argues that there is considerable confusion about the nature of representational states. This has led to an excessive over-application of the notion - especially in many of the newer theories in computational neuroscience. Representation Reconsidered shows how psychological research is actually moving in a non-representational direction, revealing a radical, though largely unnoticed, shift in our basic understanding of how the mind works.

"Ramsey quite rightly takes the view that the philosophy of representation needs to be driven by the needs of the relevant science. He argues persuasively that there has been a misconnection between the philosophy and the science. A must read for those interested in the role of representation in cognitive science, and a nice review of the literature along the way that will be appreciated by both students and scholars." Professor Robert Cummins, Department of Philosophy. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Review of the hardback: 'A must read for those interested in the role of representation in cognitive science, and a nice review of the literature along the way that will be appreciated by both students and scholars.' Robert Cummins, University of Illinois
'... a superb insightful analysis of the notion of mental representation in cognitive science. The book presents an original argument for a bold conclusion: partial eliminativism about mental representation in scientific psychology ... I would warmly recommend Ramsey's book to anyone working on representation.' Mark Sprevak, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
'[This] book makes a well-informed, carefully argued and convincing case for its core argument. Everyone who is seriously interested in the philosophy of cognitive science and the status of psychological theorizing should read it.' Daniel D. Hutto, Philosophical Psychology
"....a superb insightful analysis of the notion of mental representation in cognitive science. The book presents an original argument for a bold conclusion: partial eliminativism about mental representation in scientific psychology.... I would warmly recommend Ramsey's book to anyone working on representation." --Mark Sprevak, University of Edinburgh, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

List of figures
Preface
Demands on a representational theory
Representation in classical computational theories: the standard interpretation and its problems
Two notions of representation in the classical computational framework
The receptor notion and its problems
Tacit representation and its problems
Where is the representational paradigm headed?
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521153324
ISBN-10: 0521153328
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 5th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.41