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A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON REPRESENTATIONAL PROBLEMS Chris Eliasmith
 

Summary: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON REPRESENTATIONAL PROBLEMS
Chris Eliasmith
Dept. of Philosophy
Dept. of Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo
celiasmith@uwaterloo.ca
PENULTIMATE VERSION. SEE
Eliasmith, C. (2005). A new perspective on
representational problems. Journal of Cognitive Science. 6:
97-123
A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON REPRESENTATIONAL
PROBLEMS
Abstract
I argue that current flaws in the methodology of contemporary cognitive science,
especially neuroscience, have adversely affected philosophical theorizing about
the nature of representation. To highlight these flaws, I introduce a distinction
between adopting the animal's perspective and the observer's perspective when
characterizing representation. I provide a discussion of each and show how the
former has been unduly overlooked by cognitive scientists, including
neuroscientists and philosophers. I also provide a specific neuroscientific example

  

Source: Anderson, Charles H. - Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology & Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences; Biology and Medicine