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Cognitive Science and Folk Psychology: The Right Frame of Mind

by Haselager W SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
07/1997
ISBN:
9780761954255
Format:
Hbk 176 pages
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`Through Haselager's presentation and analysis, readers will acquire an exceptionally clear understanding of what is at stake, and the prospects for victory by either side, in this key debate in cognitive science' - William Bechtel`Folk Psychology' - our everyday talk of beliefs, desires and mental events - has long been compared with the technical language of `Cognitive Science'. Does folk psychology provide a correct account of the mental causes of our behaviour, or must our everyday terms ultimately be replaced by a language developed from computational models and neurobiology? This broad-ranging and accessible book addresses these questions, which lie at the heart of psychology and philosophy.Providing a critical overview of the key literature in the field, including the seminal work of Fodor and Churchland, the author explores the classic `Frame Problem' and assesses the future prospects of cognitive science. The scope of the frame problem, touching on connectionism, non-demonstrative reasoning, representationalism and the language of thought, questions the very possibility of a truly artificial intelligence.Cognitive Science and Folk Psychology offers an invaluable survey of some of the most exciting debates in current philosophy and psychology. It will be essential reading for students and academics in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and philosophy.

Introduction Folk Psychology and Cognitive Science Representations and Cognition The Frame Problem The Problem of Non-Demonstrative Inference The Neurocomputational Theory of Cognition Conclusion

'Through Haselager's presentation and analysis, readers will acquire an exceptionally clear understanding of what is at stake, and the prospects for victory by either side, in this key debate in cognitive science' - William Bechtel
W F G Haselager is a Researcher in the Theoretical Psychology Department of the Free University Amsterdam and a Lecturer in the Cognitive Science Department of the University of Nijmegen.