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The Construction of Reality : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - Michael A. Arbib

The Construction of Reality

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 2003
ISBN: 9780521326896
Number Of Pages: 300

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In this book, Michael Arbib, a researcher in artificial intelligence and brain theory, joins forces with Mary Hesse, a philosopher of science, to present an integrated account of how humans "construct" reality through interaction with the social and physical world around them. The book is a major expansion of the Gifford Lectures delivered by the authors at the University of Edinburgh in the autumn of 1983. The authors reconcile a theory of the individual's construction of reality as a network of schemas "in the head" with an account of the social construction of language, science, ideology, and religion to provide an integrated schema-theoretic view of human knowledge. The authors still find scope for lively debate, particularly in their discussion of free will and of the reality of God. The book integrates an accessible exposition of background information with a cumulative marshalling of evidence to address fundamental questions concerning human action in the world and the nature of ultimate reality.

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"This is a book which represents a genuine attempt to develop a dealogue between world views which have too often engaged in monologues of criticism of each other" Carolyn G. Hartz, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy

Posing the problem
The intelligence of the artificial
Schema theory
Relating mind and brain
Freud on psychology and religion
Schemas: from the individual to the social
Language, metaphor, and a new epistemology
Interpretation and reality
Religion as social schemas
The great schemas
Secular schemas
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521326896
ISBN-10: 0521326893
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 22nd December 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.2  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.64