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  1. Richard Montgomery (1998). Grades of Explanation in Cognitive Science. Synthese 114 (3):463-495.
    I sketch an explanatory framework that fits a variety of contemporary research programs in cognitive science. I then investigate the scope and the implications of this framework. The framework emphasizes (a) the explanatory role played by the semantic content of cognitive representations, and (b) the important mechanistic, non-intentional dimension of cognitive explanations. I show how both of these features are present simultaneously in certain varieties of cognitive explanation. I also consider the explanatory role played by grounded representational content, that is, (...)
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  2. Richard Montgomery (1996). The Indeterminacy of Color Vision. Synthese 106 (2):167-203.
    A critical survey of recent work on the ontological status of colors supports the conclusion that, while some accounts of color can plausibly be dismissed, no single account can yet be endorsed. Among the remaining options are certain forms of color realism according which familiar colors are instantiated by objects in our extra-cranial visual environment. Also still an option is color anti-realism, the view that familiar colors are, at best, biologically adaptive fictions, instantiated nowhere.I argue that there is simply no (...)
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  3. Richard Montgomery (1995). Explanation and Evaluation in Cognitive Science. Philosophy of Science 62 (2):261-82.
    With some regularity, cognitive scientists seem to introduce cognitive values into their explanations. After identifying examples of this practice, I sketch an account of psychological explanation that, under certain conditions, legitimizes value-laden cognitive explanations in which evaluative claims appear in the explanandum. I then present and discuss two applications of the proposed account in order to show its viability and explore its consequences.
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  4. Richard Montgomery (1995). Non-Cartesian Explanations Meet the Problem of Mental Causation. Southern Journal of Philosophy 33 (2):221-41.
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  5. Richard Montgomery (1990). The Reductionist Ideal in Cognitive Psychology. Synthese 85 (November):279-314.
    I offer support for the view that physicalist theories of cognition don't reduce to neurophysiological theories. On my view, the mind-brain relationship is to be explained in terms of evolutionary forces, some of which tug in the direction of a reductionistic mind-brain relationship, and some of which which tug in the opposite direction. This theory of forces makes possible an anti-reductionist account of the cognitive mind-brain relationship which avoids psychophysical anomalism. This theory thus also responds to the complaint which arguably (...)
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  6. Richard Montgomery (1990). Visual Perception and the Wages of Indeterminacy. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:365 - 378.
    Three case studies offered here will support the conclusion that a successful scientific theory of visual cognition still makes room for some rather systematic and rather striking semantic indeterminacies-W.V. Quine's well-known pessimism about the wages of such indeterminacy not withstanding. The first case concerns the perception of shape, the second concerns color vision, and the third concerns the rules of inference involved in "unconscious inference" within the visual system.
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  7. Richard Montgomery (1989). Does Epistemology Reduce to Cognitive Psychology? Philosophia 19 (2-3):245-263.
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  8. Richard Montgomery (1989). Discrimination, Reidentification and the Indeterminacy of Early Vision. Noûs 23 (September):413-435.
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  9. Richard Montgomery (1987). Psychologism, Folk Psychology and One's Own Case. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 17 (2):195–218.
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