Explanation and evaluation in cognitive science

Philosophy of Science 62 (2):261-82 (1995)

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Richard Montgomery
West Virginia University
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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.
Keywords Cognitive Science  Perception  Psychology  Science  Value
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DOI 10.1086/289856
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