Readings in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


This collection of readings shows how cognitive science can influence most of the primary branches of philosophy, as well as how philosophy critically examines the foundations of cognitive science. Its broad coverage extends beyond current texts that focus mainly on the impact of cognitive science on philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology, to include materials that are relevant to five other branches of philosophy: epistemology, philosophy of science (and mathematics), metaphysics, language, and ethics.

The readings are organized by philosophical fields, with selections evenly divided between philosophers and cognitive scientists. They draw on research in numerous areas of cognitive science, including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychology of reasoning and judgment, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuropsychology. There are timely treatments of current topics and debates such as the innate understanding of number, children's theory of mind, self-knowledge, consciousness, connectionism, and ethics and cognitive science.

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Visual Object Recognition

    Irving Biederman

  4. 2. Deductive Reasoning

    John H. Holland, Keith J. Holyoak, Richard E. Nisbett and Paul R. Thagard

  5. 3. Probabilistic Reasoning

    Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman

  6. 4. Our Native Inferential Tendencies

    Hilary Kornblith

  7. 5. Epistemic Folkways and Scientific Epistemology

    Alvin I. Goldman

  8. 6. Observation Reconsidered

    Jerry A. Fodor

  9. 7. Perceptual Plasticity and Theoretical Neutrality: A Reply to Jerry Fodor

    Paul M. Churchland

  10. 8. Explanatory Coherence

    Paul R. Thagard

  11. 9. Scientific Discovery

    Pat Langley, Herbert A. Simon, Gary L. Bradshaw and Jan M. Zytkow

  12. 10. Evidence against Empiricist Accounts of the Origins of Numerical Knowledge

    Karen Wynn

  13. 11. Troubles with Functionalism

    Ned Block

  14. 12. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes

    Paul M. Churchland

  15. 13. Fodor's Guide to Mental Representation: The Intelligent Auntie's Vade-Mecum

    Jerry A. Fodor

  16. 14. Misrepresentation

    Fred I. Dretske

  17. 15. How We Know Our Minds: The Illusion of First-Person Knowledge of Intentionality

    Alison Gopnik

  18. 16. The Psychology of Folk Psychology

    Alvin I. Goldman

  19. 17. Quining Qualia

    Daniel C. Dennett

  20. 18. Neuropsychological Evidence for a Consciousness System

    Daniel L. Schacter

  21. 19. Object Perception

    Elizabeth S. Spelke

  22. 20. Ontological Categories Guide Young Children's Inductions of Word Meaning

    Nancy N. Soja, Susan Carey and Elizabeth S. Spelke

  23. 21. Some Elements of Conceptual Structure

    Ray Jackendoff

  24. 22. Color Subjectivism

    C. L. Hardin

  25. 23. On the Nature, Use, and Acquisition of Language

    Noam Chomsky

  26. 24. On Learning the Past Tenses of English Verbs

    David E. Rumelhart and James L. McClelland

  27. 25. Critique of Rumelhart and McClelland

    Andy Clark

  28. 26. The Mental Representation of the Meaning of Words

    Philip N. Johnson-Laird

  29. 27. Brain and Language

    Antonia R. Damasio and Hanna Demasio

  30. 28. Meaning, Other People, and the World

    Hilary Putnam

  31. 29. Ethics and Cognitive Science

    Alvin I. Goldman

  32. 30. The Contribution of Empathy to Justice and Moral Judgment

    Martin L. Hoffman

  33. 31. Situations and Dispositions

    Owen Flanagan

  34. 32. Autonomous Psychology and the Belief-Desire Thesis

    Stephen P. Stich

  35. 33. Individualism and Psychology

    Tyler Burge

  36. 34. The Co-evolutionary Research Ideology

    Patricia S. Churchland

  37. 35. On the Proper Treatment of Connectionism

    Paul Smolensky

  38. 36. Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture

    Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn

  39. 37. The Computer Model of the Mind

    Ned Block

  40. 38. The Critique of Cognitive Reason

    John R. Searle

  41. Index