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By Dominic Murphy, Michael Bishop

Via a suite of unique essays from prime philosophical students, Stich and His Critics offers a radical overview of the foremost topics within the occupation of thinker Stephen Stich.

  • Provides a set of unique essays from many of the world's such a lot individual philosophers
  • Explores a few of philosophy's such a lot hotly-debated modern subject matters, together with psychological illustration, conception of brain, nativism, ethical philosophy, and naturalized epistemology

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3 Model-based Theorizing and Homuncular Functionalism In this section I will continue developing the model-based view of representationalism outlined above. I will do so by outlining and responding to an objection to the line of argument sketched at the very end of the previous section. The objection was made (forcefully) by Stich himself, with some (equally forceful) support from Alan Leslie, when I presented some of these ideas at a workshop in Maryland, 2004. The objection runs as follows. I criticized the trend in biology of allowing the readers or users of genetic information to be mere abstractions, mere pseudo-devices, as opposed to real parts of the machinery.

How do things look? I claim that this framework makes sense of the current mindset in much of cognitive science. It is how representationalist ideas are often actually handled in discussions. ) Representationalism is employed as a framework in which various empirically assessable alternatives are expressed. Within the framework, people can contrast and investigate hypotheses about what is represented, what information is used by various kinds of cognitive processes. If the foundational status of this kind of talk is challenged, the response is often that the framework works; it is useful for making important and empirically tractable distinctions concerning inner processes, and we definitely do not have a better option.

Cognition 50: 447–68. [Reprinted in Stich 1996a, pp. 115–35. ] Weiner, B. (1990) “Attribution in Personality Psychology,” in L. A. ), Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research, New York: Guilford Press, pp. 465–85. 30 peter godfrey-smith 2 Representationalism Reconsidered PETER GODFREY-SMITH 1 Introduction One part of philosophy is concerned with the integration of the everyday, “folk” picture of human thought and agency with information from the sciences – the integration of the “manifest image” of ourselves with the “scientific image,” in Wilfrid Sellars’ famous terminology (Sellars 1962).

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