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The Dawn of Cognitive Science : Early European Contributors - Liliana Albertazzi

The Dawn of Cognitive Science

Early European Contributors

By: Liliana Albertazzi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2001
ISBN: 9780792367994
Number Of Pages: 370

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Current debate in cognitive science, from robotics to analysis of vision, deals with problems like the perception of form, the structure and formation of mental images and their modelling, the ecological development of artificial intelligence, and cognitive analysis of natural language. It focuses in particular on the presence of a hierarchy of intellectual constructions in different formats of representation.
These diverse approaches, which share a common assumption of the inner nature of representation, call for a new epistemology - even a new psychophysics - based on a theory of reference which is intrinsically cognitive. As a contribution to contemporary research, the reading presents the core of theories developed in Central Europe between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by philosophers, physicists, psychologists and semanticists who shared a dynamic approach and a pronounced concern with problems of interaction and dependence. These theories offer innovative solutions to some of the epistemological and philosophical problems currently at the centre of debate, like part-whole, theory of relations, and conceptual and linguistic categorization.

Introduction: Back to the Originsp. 1
The Primitives of Presentation. Wholes, Parts and Psychophysicsp. 29
The Politics of Thought: A Social History of the Debate between Wundt and the Wurzburg Schoolp. 61
Representation in Psychophysicsp. 89
Lotze on the Sensory Representation of Spacep. 103
Ernst Mach's Evolutionary Theory of Representationp. 123
Hermann von Helmholtz and Ernst Mach on Musical Consonancep. 135
The Bild Conception of Physical Theories from Helmholtz to Hertzp. 151
Representation in Early Husserlp. 167
Contents, Psycho-physical Products and Representationsp. 185
G. F. Stout's Philosophical Psychologyp. 209
Otto Selz and the Wurzburg Schoolp. 225
The Intrumental Model of Language in Karl Buhlerp. 237
The concept of Perceptual 'Field' and the Revolution in Cognition Caused by Kohler's physische Gestaltenp. 251
Consciousness and Actuality in Whiteheadean Ontologyp. 269
Kurt Lewin and the Rise of the 'Cognitive Sciences' in Germany: Cassirer, Buhler, Reichenbachp. 299
Children's Drawings as Sensible Probes into the Realm of Representationsp. 333
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ISBN: 9780792367994
ISBN-10: 0792367995
Series: Synthese Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 28th February 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.56