Tensor products and split-level architecture: Foundational issues in the classicism-connectionism debate

Philosophy of Science 63 (3):S239-S247 (1996)
Marcello Guarini
University of Windsor
This paper responds to criticisms levelled by Fodor, Pylyshyn, and McLaughlin against connectionism. Specifically, I will rebut the charge that connectionists cannot account for representational systematicity without implementing a classical architecture. This will be accomplished by drawing on Paul Smolensky's Tensor Product model of representation and on his insights about split-level architectures
Keywords Aesthetics  Architecture  Classicism  Model  Science  Fodor, J  Mclaughlin, B  Pylyshyn, Z
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DOI 10.1086/289957
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