Philosophy | Intro to Philosophy of Mind
P360 | 25313 | Weinberg/Allen


Cognitive Science emerged almost 50 years ago from developments in
philosophy, computer science, psychology, and linguistics.  Central
to this emergence were new ideas about how the notion of mental
representation could be understood in computational terms: the
computational theory of mind.  Since that time, new developments in
neuroscience, in programming artificial neural networks, and in
evolutionary approaches to cognition, have caused some to question
whether cognitive science should remain committed to any notion of
mental representation.  In this course, students will learn about the
original promise of computational theory of mind, and how it provided
an alternative to earlier philosophical and scientific views about
the relationship between mind and body.  We wrap up the course by
considering the extent to which evolutionary, embodied, and dynamical
systems approaches to cognitive science are complementary to or
amount to an abandonment of the standard representationalist core of
cognitive science.