Philosophy Compass 7 (5):348-360 (2012)

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Theodore Bach
Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University Firelands
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Analogical cognition refers to the ability to detect, process, and learn from relational similarities. The study of analogical and similarity cognition is widely considered one of the ‘success stories’ of cognitive science, exhibiting convergence across many disciplines on foundational questions. Given the centrality of analogy to mind and knowledge, it would benefit philosophers investigating topics in epistemology and the philosophies of mind and language to become familiar with empirical models of analogical cognition. The goal of this essay is to describe recent empirical work on analogical cognition as well as model applications to philosophical topics. Topics to be discussed include the epistemological distinction between implicit knowledge and explicit knowledge, the debate between empiricists and nativists, the frame problem, expertise, creativity and autism, cognitive architecture, and relational knowledge. Particular attention is given to Dedre Gentner and colleague’s structure-mapping theory – the most developed and widely accepted model of analogical cognition.
Keywords Analogy  Analogical Cognition  Domain-General  Gentner  Frame Problem  Nativism  Conceptual Development  Implicit Knowledge  Analogical Learning
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DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2012.00480.x
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