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Cognitive Structural Realism

A Radical Solution to the Problem of Scientific Representation

  • Dissolves the most vicious problem of scientific realism (i.e., the problem of scientific representation)

  • Promotes and reconstructs the cognitive models of science approach

  • Develops a new form of structural realism

  • Combines the philosophical and scientific resources of Structural Realism along with Ronald Giere and friend’s Cognitive Models of Science approach


Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 14)

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About this book


In this book, the author develops a new form of structural realism and deals with the problem of representation. The work combines two distinguished developments of the Semantic View of Theories, namely Structural Realism (SR), a flourishing theory from contemporary philosophy of science, and Ronald Giere and colleagues’ 
Cognitive Models of Science approach (CMSA).

Readers will see how replacing the model-theoretic structures that are at issue in SR with connectionist networks and activations patterns (which are the formal tools of computational neuroscience) helps us to deal with the problem of representation. The author suggests that cognitive structures are not only the precise formal tools for regimenting the structure of scientific theories but also the tools that the biological brain uses to capture the essential features (i.e., structures) of its environment. Therefore, replacing model-theoretic structures with cognitive structures allows us to account for the theories-reality relationship on the basis of the most reliable theories of neurology. This is how a new form of SR, called Cognitive Structural Realism (CSR) is introduced through this book, which articulates and defends CSR, and shows how two diverging branches of SVT can be reconciled.

This ground-breaking work will particularly appeal to people who work in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.


Cognitive Models of Science Cognitive Structural Realism Enactivism Epistemic Informational Structural Realism Neural Structural Realism Predictive Error Minimization Theory Ronald Giere Semantic View of Theories Structural Realism Churchland’s Extension of Cognitive Models of Science The Grounding Problem activation patterns and connectionist networks

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Science, and TechnologyAmirkabir University of TechnologyTehranIran

About the authors

Majid D. Beni obtained his PhD. at Tehran, Iranian Institute of Philosophy. He wrote greater part of his dissertation when he was visiting the School of Life Science, at ASU, where he worked on the history of philosophy of science under the supervision of Rick Creath. For the past few years he taught courses on the philosophy of science, philosophy of cognitive science, and mathematical logic. Through his career he attempted drawing connection between his work on Structural Realism and the philosophy of science on the one hand and recent developments in computational neuroscience and empirical and theoretical psychology on the other hand. He has developed Epistemic Informational Structural Realism and Structural Realist theory of Self in his previous publications. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cognitive Structural Realism
  • Book Subtitle A Radical Solution to the Problem of Scientific Representation
  • Authors Majid Davoody Beni
  • Series Title Studies in Brain and Mind
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Brain,Mind
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-05113-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05114-3
  • Series ISSN 1573-4536
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-399X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 188
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Mind
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