Introduction: Philosophy in and Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Topics in Cognitive Science 1 (2):216-230 (2009)

Andrew Brook
Carleton University
Despite being there from the beginning, philosophical approaches have never had a settled place in cognitive research and few cognitive researchers not trained in philosophy have a clear sense of what its role has been or should be. We distinguish philosophy in cognitive research and philosophy of cognitive research. Concerning philosophy in cognitive research, after exploring some standard reactions to this work by nonphilosophers, we will pay particular attention to the methods that philosophers use. Being neither experimental nor computational, they can leave others bewildered. Thought experiments are the most striking example but not the only one. Concerning philosophy of cognitive research, we will pay particular attention to its power to generate and test normative claims, claims about what should and should not be done
Keywords Thought experiments  Philosophy in cognitive science  Philosophy of cognitive science  Justifying norms  Philosophical methods
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DOI 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2009.01014.x
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