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Cognitive representation is the single most important explanatory notion in the sciences of the mind and has served as the cornerstone for the so-called '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 fresher 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.Read more
- Provides a systematic analysis of mental representation
- A provocative philosophical text with great relevance to empirical researchers in cognitive science
- Revitalises a promising theory of how the brain represents information
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"....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
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- Date Published: June 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521153324
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
1. Demands on a representational theory
2. Representation in classical computational theories: the standard interpretation and its problems
3. Two notions of representation in the classical computational framework
4. The receptor notion and its problems
5. Tacit representation and its problems
6. Where is the representational paradigm headed?
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