The University of Sussex

Connectionist AI and psychological explanation

Andy Clark

It is increasingly common to seek a naturalised account of mental representation. But are such accounts all of a piece, or are there various explanatory projects to which different kinds of naturalised account are appropriate? In particular, what kind of explanatory project is cognitive psychology, and what kind of naturalised account (or accounts) will be appropriate to it? In this papers the author sketches a preliminary and speculative picture of the cognitive explanatory landscape.

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