Napoleon Mabaquiao
De La Salle University
This essay shows the presence of transcendence in the on-going attempt to come up with a purely scientific account of the workings of the human mind. At the center of the developmental stages of this attempt is the computational theory of mind, which regards the human mind as some kind of computer. With Wittgenstein’s analysis of the limits of linguistic representation in the Tractatus as a framework, it is argued that the various difficulties encountered by this attempt are primarily due to the transcendental nature of the human mind, which eludes scientific explanation.
Keywords transcendence  science of the mind  naturalizing the mind  cognitive science  Tractatus  Wittgenstein  Computationalism
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