Mindware An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science

ISBN-10: 0199828156
ISBN-13: 9780199828159
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Andy Clark
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Ranging across both standard philosophical territory and the landscape of cutting-edge cognitive science, Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Second Edition, is a vivid and engaging introduction to key issues, research, and opportunities in the field.Starting with the vision of mindware as software and debates between realists, instrumentalists, and eliminativists, Andy Clark takes students on a no-holds-barred journey through connectionism, dynamical systems, and real-world robotics before moving on to the frontiers of cognitive technologies, enactivism, predictive coding, and the extended mind. Throughout, he highlights challenging issues in an effort to engage students in active debate. Each chapter opens with a brief sketch of a major research tradition or perspective, followed by concise critical discussions dealing with key topics and problems.NEW TO THIS EDITION* Three new chapters (9-11) on cognitive extensions, enactivism, and the predictive brain, and a revised appendix on consciousness* Extensive revisions, additions, and updates throughout in light of new developments in the field* New text boxes and revised and expanded suggestions for further reading, including many electronic resources (summarized on the book's Companion Website at www.oup/us/coogan)

Andy Clark is Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex.

Preface to the Second Edition
About Mindware
Acknowledgments
Introduction: (Not) Like a Rock
Meat Machines: Mindware as Software
Symbol Systems
Patterns, Contents, and Causes
Connectionism
Perception, Action, and the Brain
Robots and Artificial Life
Dynamics
Cognitive Technology: Beyond the Naked Brain
Extended Minds?
Enacting Perceptual Experience
Prediction Machines
(Not Really a) Conclusion
Some Backdrop: Dualism, Behaviorism, Functionalism, and Beyond
Consciousness and the Meta-Hard Problem
References
Index

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