© 2012

Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Western & Eastern Studies

  • Lorenzo Magnani
  • Ping Li


  • Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Philosophy and Cognitive Science

  • The Conference addressed various recent topics at the crossroad of philosophy and cognitive science, taking advantage of both western and eastern research

  • Written by leading experts in the field

Conference proceedings

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 2)

About these proceedings


The book addresses a number of recent topics at the crossroad of philosophy and cognitive science, taking advantage of eastern and western perspectives and conceptions that emerged and were discussed at the PCS2011 Conference recently held in Guangzhou. The ever growing cultural exchange between academics and intellectuals belonging to different cultures is reverberated by the juxtaposition of papers, which aim at investigating new facets of crucial problems in philosophy: the role of models in science and the fictional approach; chance seeking dynamics and how affordances work; abductive cognition; visualization in science; the cognitive structure of scientific theories; scientific representation; mathematical representation in science; model-based reasoning; analogical reasoning; moral cognition; cognitive niches and evolution.


Abductive Cognition Affordances Analogical Reasoning Cognitive Discovery Model-Based Reasoning Scientific Representation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenzo Magnani
    • 1
  • Ping Li
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PhilosophyUniversita PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2., Department of PhilosophySun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina, People's Republic

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:


“The 14 chapters in the book are divided into two sections, ‘Models, Representation, and Cognition’ and ‘Abduction, Reasoning, and Cognition.’ … this is an interesting and important collection, well-worth consulting for a broader view of a rapidly expanding academic world.” (Ryan D. Tweney, Mind & Society, 2013)