The model of the mind developed during the twentieth century's so-called "cognitive revolution" - that the mind is analogous to computer software - has recently lost its once virtually unquestioned pre-eminence. Thus we are now faced with the question of whether it it possible to repair this model, or whether we need to reconceive it in fundamental terms and replace it with something different. In this book, 28 leading scholars from various areas of cognitive science present their latest judgments on the future course for this intellectual movement.
Readership: Academics and students in the fields of cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neurophysiology, and
Edited by David Martel Johnson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, York University, Canada, and Christina E. Erneling, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Umeå, Sweden
David Johnson: What is the Purported Discipline of Cognitive Science; and Why Does It Need to be Reassessed at the Present Moment?: The Search for "Cognitive Glue"
Part 1. Good Old-Fashioned Cognitive Science: Does it have a Future?
Noam Chomsky: Language and Cognition
Functionalism: Cognitive Science or Science Fiction? a Hilary Putnam
Stuart Shanker: Reassessing the Cognitive Revolution
Margaret Boden: Promise and Achievement in Cognitive Science
Carol Feldman: Boden's Middle Way: Viable or Not?
Juan Pascaul-Leone: Metasubjective Processes: the Missing "ILingua Franca of Cognitive Science
Don Ross: Is Cognitive Science a Discipline?
Ellen Bialystok: Anatomy of a Revolution
Part 2. Cognitive Science and the Study of Language
Noam Chomsky: Language from an Internalist Perspective
Joseph Agassi: The Novelty of Chomsky's Theories
Christopher Green and John Vervaeke: Buy What Have You Done For Us Lately?: Some Recent Perspectives on Linguistic Nativism
Part 3. Connectionism: A Non-Rule-Following Rival, or Supplement to the Traditional Approach?
Andy Clark: From Text to Process: Connectionism's Contribution to the Future of Cognitive Science
William Bechtel: Embodied Connectionism
Sidney J. Segalowitz and Daniel Bernstein: Neural Networks and Neuroscience: What are Connectionist Simulations Good for?
Itiel E. Dror and Marcelo Dascal: Can Wittgenstein Help Free the Mind From Rules? The Philosophical Foundations of Connectionism
Timothy Van Gelder: What Might Cognition be if Not Computation?
Part 4. The Ecological Alternative: Knowledge as Sensitivity to Objectively Existing Facts
Ulric Neisser: The Future of Cognitive Science: An Ecological Analysis
Edward Reed: The Cognitive Revolution from an Ecological Point of View
Part 5. Challenges to Cognitive Science: The Cultural Approach
Jerome Bruner: Will Cognitive Revolutions Ever Stop?
Jeff Coulter: Neural Cartesianism: Comments on the Epistemology of the Cognitive Sciences
Sören Stenlund: Language, Action and Mind
John Shotter: Cognition as a Social Practice: From Computer Power to Word Power
Rom Harré: `Berkeleyan' Arguments and the Ontology of Cognitive Science
Part 6. Historical Approaches
Merlin Donald: The Mind from an Historical Perspective: Human Cognitive Phylogenesis and the Possibility of Continuing Cognitive Evolution
David Johnson: Taking the Past Seriously: How History Shows that Eliminativists' Account of Folk Psychology is Partly Right and Partly Wrong
Christina Erneling: Cognitive Science and the Future of Psychology - Challenges and Opportunities