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The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Paco Calvo and John Symons (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In 1988, Jerry Fodor and Zenon Pylyshyn challenged connectionist theorists to explain the systematicity of cognition. In a highly influential critical analysis of connectionism, they argued that ... More


Systematicity: An Overview

John Symons and Paco Calvo

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In this introductory chapter we set the stage for Fodor and Pylyshyn's systematicity challenge to connectionist theory, and provide an overview of the chapters included in the volume. We spell out ... More


Tough Times to Be Talking Systematicity

Ken Aizawa

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

During the 1980's and 1990's Fodor, McLaughlin, and Pylyshyn claimed that thought is in various respects systematic. Further, they argued that so-called “Classical” syntactically and semantically ... More


Getting Real about Systematicity

Stefan L. Frank

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter empirically investigates the issue of systematicity and connectionism under more realistic conditions than was the case in previous studies. A connectionist and a symbolic model of ... More


Systematicity and the Need for Encapsulated Representations

Gideon Borensztajn, Willem Zuidema, and William Bechtel

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In this chapter we propose precise operational criteria of systematicity that reveal a connection between the notion of systematicity and causal roles for category membership. We argue that neural ... More


How Limited Systematicity Emerges: A Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Approach

Randall C. O'Reilly, Alex A. Petrov, Jonathan D. Cohen, Christian J. Lebiere, Seth A. Herd, and Trent Kriete

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Is human cognition best characterized in terms of the systematic nature of classical symbol processing systems (as argued by Fodor & Pylyshyn, 1988), or in terms of the context-sensitive, embedded ... More


A Category Theory Explanation for Systematicity: Universal Constructions

Steven Phillips and William H. Wilson

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A theory of cognitive architecture should explain why systematicity is a necessary, not just possible consequence of the theory's core principles and base assumptions, without relying on arbitrary ... More


Systematicity and Architectural Pluralism

William Ramsey

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In this chapter, I argue that Fodor and Pylyshyn are justified in claiming that representational systematicity is an important aspect of cognitive activity, but they are wrong to suppose that a ... More


Systematicity Laws and Explanatory Structures in the Extended Mind

Alicia Coram

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

To date, most of the non-classical explanations offered for systematicity have accepted the classicist's assumption that mental representations are both syntactically and semantically internal. ... More


Systematicity and Conceptual Pluralism

Fernando Martínez-Manrique

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The systematicity argument only challenges connectionism if systematicity is a general property of cognition. I examine this thesis in terms of properties of concepts. First, I propose that Evans's ... More


Neo-Empiricism and the Structure of Thoughts

Edouard Machery

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

According to neo-empiricism, the vehicles of tokened concepts are not different in kind from the vehicles of perceptual representations. In this chapter, I argue that if neo-empiricism were right, ... More


Systematicity and Interaction Dominance

Anthony Chemero

in The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027236
eISBN:
9780262322461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In its classical form, the systematicity of cognition is constitutively tied to the compositionality of the vehicles of cognition. A burgeoning research program in the cognitive sciences suggests ... More


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