Synthese 114 (3):463-495 (1998)

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Richard Montgomery
West Virginia University
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  I sketch an explanatory framework that fits a variety of contemporary research programs in cognitive science. I then investigate the scope and the implications of this framework. The framework emphasizes (a) the explanatory role played by the semantic content of cognitive representations, and (b) the important mechanistic, non-intentional dimension of cognitive explanations. I show how both of these features are present simultaneously in certain varieties of cognitive explanation. I also consider the explanatory role played by grounded representational content, that is, content evaluated by appeal to its truth, falsity, accuracy, inaccuracy and other relational properties
Keywords Cognitive Science  Control  Explanation  Metaphysics  Psychology  Representation
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DOI 10.1023/A:1005084615487
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