Cognitive Science | Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive & Info. Sciwnce
Q540 | 15355 | Colin Allen


ognitive Science ,  Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive & Infor
Science Q540 ,  15355 ,  C. Allen

MW, 9:30-10:45am, room: PY 230

Cognitive Science ,  Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive & Info.

This course examines the motivations and challenges shaping the
cognitive sciences'multi-disciplinary attack on questions about the
nature of mental information processing.  The major goal of the
course is to understand how philosophical arguments and empirical
investigation have shaped each other and lead to new conceptions of
mind.  We will begin by examining the emergence of computational and
functionalist approaches to the mind-brain relationship, leading to
a comparison of classical symbol-processing and connectionist
accounts. We will look at how theoretical challenges to
computationalism combined with recent work > in robotics, dynamical
systems theory, cognitive neuroscience, and artificial life
contribute to an emerging conception of mind that emphasizes
embodiment and action. We will explore experimental and
philosophical treatments of concepts such as symbol,representation,
meaning, and concept (itself).  Along the way we will encounter
and discuss some big but hard to answer questions about the nature of
conscious experience, the evolution of human and animal minds, and
the boundaries of self and intentional agency in the world.