Cognitive Science | PHIL FNDTNS COGNITIVE/INFO SCI
Q540 | 2011 | C. Allen
Cognitive Science , PHIL FNDTNS COGNITIVE/INFO SCI
Q540 , 2011 , C. Allen
MW, 2:30-3:45pm, room: Psychology (PY) 113
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
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.