David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 101 (3):365-400 (1994)
There is currently a debate over whether cognitive architecture is classical or connectionist in nature. One finds the following three comparisons between classical architecture and connectionist architecture made in the pro-connectionist literature in this debate: (1) connectionist architecture is neurally plausible and classical architecture is not; (2) connectionist architecture is far better suited to model pattern recognition capacities than is classical architecture; and (3) connectionist architecture is far better suited to model the acquisition of pattern recognition capacities by learning than is classical architecture. If true, (1)–(3) would yield a compelling case against the view that cognitive architecture is classical, and would offer some reason to think that cognitive architecture may be connectionist. We first present the case for (1)–(3) in the very words of connectionist enthusiasts. We then argue that the currently available evidence fails to support any of (1)–(3)
|Keywords||Architecture Connectionism Epistemology Knowledge Language|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
William Bechtel (1991). Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind: An Overview. In Terence E. Horgan & John L. Tienson (eds.), Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind. Kluwer. 30--59.
William P. Bechtel (1993). The Case for Connectionism. Philosophical Studies 71 (2):119-54.
Nick Chater & Mike Oaksford (1990). Autonomy, Implementation and Cognitive Architecture: A Reply to Fodor and Pylyshyn. Cognition 34 (1):93-107.
Patricia Smith Churchland & Terrence J. Sejnowski (1990). Neural Representation and Neural Computation. Philosophical Perspectives 4:343-382.
Andy Clark (1989). Microcognition. MIT Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Martin Roth (2005). Program Execution in Connectionist Networks. Mind and Language 20 (4):448-467.
Paul Smolensky (1995). Constituent Structure and Explanation in an Integrated Connectionist/Symbolic Cognitive Architecture. In C. Macdonald (ed.), Connectionism: Debates on Psychological Explanation. Blackwell.
Brian P. McLaughlin (2009). Systematicity Redux. Synthese 170 (2):251 - 274.
Joseph L. H. Cruz (1998). Mindreading: Mental State Ascription and Cognitive Architecture. Mind and Language 13 (3):323-340.
Keith Butler (1991). Towards a Connectionist Cognitive Architecture. Mind and Language 6 (3):252-72.
James W. Garson (2003). Simulation and Connectionism: What is the Connection? Philosophical Psychology 16 (4):499-515.
James W. Garson (1994). Cognition Without Classical Architecture. Synthese 100 (2):291-306.
Robert F. Hadley (1999). Connectionism and Novel Combinations of Skills: Implications for Cognitive Architecture. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 9 (2):197-221.
Jerry A. Fodor & Zenon W. Pylyshyn (1988). Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture. Cognition 28 (1-2):3-71.
Michael V. Antony (1991). Fodor and Pylyshyn on Connectionism. Minds and Machines 1 (3):321-41.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads31 ( #58,932 of 1,099,549 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #123,840 of 1,099,549 )
How can I increase my downloads?