Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cognitive Inquiry and the Philosophy of Mind

  3. Prologue What is Mind?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. D. C. Dennett
      Pages 49-72
  4. Computational Conceptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Fred Dretske
      Pages 75-88
    3. Zenon W. Pylyshyn
      Pages 89-114
  5. Connectionist Conceptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. William Ramsey, Stephen Stich, Joseph Garan
      Pages 117-144
    3. Paul Smolensky
      Pages 145-206
  6. Representational Conceptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. J. A. Fodor
      Pages 209-228
  7. Mentality and Intentionality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Roderick M. Chisholm
      Pages 255-266
    3. John R. Searle
      Pages 267-280
  8. Epistemology and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Hilary Putnam
      Pages 283-303
    3. Alvin I. Goldman
      Pages 305-344
  9. The Mental and the Physical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345

About this book


This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information, and data-processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human. (other) animal, or machine. Its scope is intended to span the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and sociobiology (concerning the mental capabilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. No problem within the field of cognitive inquiry is more difficult than that of developing an adequate conception of the nature of mind and of its mode of operation. Our purpose in compiling the present volume has been to contribute to the pursuit of this objective by bringing together a repre­ sentative cross-section of the principal approaches and the primary players who are engaged in contemporary debate on these crucial issues. The book begins with a comprehensive introduction composed by David Cole, the senior editor of this work, which provides a background for understanding the major problems and alternative solutions, and ends with a selected bibliography intended to promote further research. If our efforts assist others in dealing with these issues, they will have been worthwhile. J. H. F. David J. Cole et at. (eds. ), Philosophy, Mind, and Cognitive Inquiry, ix.


Connectionism Philosophy of Mind architecture cognition cognitive science conflict epistemology identity nature neuroscience semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Cole
    • 1
  • James H. Fetzer
    • 2
  • Terry L. Rankin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA
  3. 3.IBM AI Support CenterPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Philosophy, Mind, and Cognitive Inquiry
  • Book Subtitle Resources for Understanding Mental Processes
  • Editors David J. Cole
    J.H. Fetzer
    T.L. Rankin
  • Series Title Studies in Cognitive Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0427-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7340-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-1882-5
  • Series ISSN 0924-0780
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 450
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`... it offers -- to quote David Cole -- `valuable resources for future research into the theory of mind and in artificial intelligence'. Those of you with an interest in the philosophical underpinnings of cognitive science will enjoy this volume.'
David Hamilton, University of Sussex, 1990