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A Companion to Cognitive Science


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Unmatched in the quality of its world-renowned contributors, this multidisciplinary Companion serves as both a course text and a reference book across the broad spectrum of issues of concern to cognitive science. Cognitive science is one of the most exciting intellectual and scientific developments of the second half of the 20th century, integrating insights from psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, philosophy, and other disciplines in an attempt to understand human cognition. It is also a rapidly transforming domain of inquiry. This Companion presents a deep and varied account of what one needs to know about cognitive science, what it has accomplished, and where it will be going at the start of the 21st century. Beginning with an introduction that maps the narrative history of cognitive science as a whole, the volume goes on to present sixty newly-commissioned essays that together provide an unparalleled survey of all the topical areas, major methods, and stances. There are explanatory overviews of key controversies, detailed discussions of the application of work in cognitive sciences to the real world, and anticipations of future developments. A Companion to Cognitive Science can be seen as the ultimate resource guide to this fast-moving field of study.

Author Biography

William Bechtel is Associate Director of thePhilosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington Universityin St Louis. He is editor of the journal PhilosophicalPsychology and the author of numerous books and papers in thephilosophy of cognitive science and related subject areas. Theseinclude: How to do Things With Logic, with C. GrantLuckhardt, (1994); Discovering Complexity: Decomposition andLocalization as Strategies in Scientific Research, with R. C.Richardson, (1993); Connectionism and the Mind: An Introductionto Parallel Processing in Networks, with Adele Abrahamsen, (Blackwell, 1991; second edition 1999), Philosophy of Mind: Anoverview for Cognitive Science (1988), and Philosophy ofScience: An Overview for Cognitive Science (1988). George Graham is Professor and Chair of the Department ofPhilosophy, and Professor of Psychology at the University ofAlabama at Birmingham. He is the co-author of Philosophy Thenand Now, with N. Scott Arnold and T. M. Benditt, (Blackwell,1998), author of Philosophy of Mind (Blackwell 1993, secondedition 1998), and editor of Philosophical Psychopathology, with G. L. Stephens, (1994), and Person to Person, with H.LaFollette, (1989).
Release date Australia
July 10th, 1999
Edited by George Graham Edited by William Bechtel
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Blackwell Publishers
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