Still Autonomous After All

Still Autonomous After All Recent mechanistic philosophers (in particular, Boone and Piccinini in Synthese 193(5):1287–1321, 2016) have argued that the cognitive sciences are not autonomous from neuroscience proper. I clarify two senses of autonomy–metaphysical and epistemic—and argue that cognitive science is still autonomous in both senses. Moreover, mechanistic explanation of cognitive phenomena is not therefore an alternative to the view that cognitive science is autonomous of neuroscience. If anything, it’s a way of characterizing just how cognitive processes are implemented by neural mechanisms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Minds and Machines Springer Journals

Still Autonomous After All

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics); Philosophy of Mind; Game Theory, Economics, Social and Behav. Sciences; Cognitive Psychology; Philosophy of Science; Theory of Computation
ISSN
0924-6495
eISSN
1572-8641
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11023-017-9440-7
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Abstract

Recent mechanistic philosophers (in particular, Boone and Piccinini in Synthese 193(5):1287–1321, 2016) have argued that the cognitive sciences are not autonomous from neuroscience proper. I clarify two senses of autonomy–metaphysical and epistemic—and argue that cognitive science is still autonomous in both senses. Moreover, mechanistic explanation of cognitive phenomena is not therefore an alternative to the view that cognitive science is autonomous of neuroscience. If anything, it’s a way of characterizing just how cognitive processes are implemented by neural mechanisms.

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Minds and MachinesSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 21, 2017

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