Introduction: Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Richard Samuels, Eric Margolis and Stephen P. Stich

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195309799
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Introduction: Philosophy and Cognitive Science

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This chapter offers a high-level overview of the philosophy of cognitive science and an introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science. The philosophy of cognitive science emerged out of a set of common and overlapping interests among philosophers and scientists who study the mind. We identify five categories of issues that illustrate the best work in this broad field: (1) traditional philosophical issues about the mind that have been invigorated by research in cognitive science, (2) issues regarding the practice of cognitive science and its foundational assumptions, (3) issues regarding the explication and clarification of core concepts in cognitive science, (4) first-order empirical issues where philosophers participate in the interdisciplinary investigation of particular psychological phenomena, (5) traditional philosophical issues that aren’t about the mind but that can be informed by a better understanding of how the mind works.

Keywords: philosophy of cognitive science; metaphilosophical issues; rationality; culture and cognition; theory of mind

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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