Connectionism and cognitive architecture: A critical analysis

  title={Connectionism and cognitive architecture: A critical analysis},
  author={Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn},

Connectionism and Novel Combinations of Skills: Implications for Cognitive Architecture

It is argued that the basic tenets of connectionism, in conjunction with the fact that humans often employ novel combinations of skill modules in rule following and problem solving, lead to the plausible conclusion that, in certain domains, high level cognition requires some form of classical architecture.

MARKUS WERNING THE TEMPORAL DIMENSION OF THOUGHT Cortical Foundations of Predicative Representation

The paper argues that cognitive states of biological systems are inherently temporal. Three adequacy conditions for neuronal models of representation are vindicated: the compositionality of meaning,

Chapter 10 Computationalism , Connectionism , and the Philosophy of Mind

and (2) to explain how those abilities are exercised via operations of the system. The tasks are related. The explanation of how operations of the system constitute exercises of our mental abilities

Computationalism, Connectionism, and the Philosophy of Mind

and (2) to explain how those abilities are exercised via operations of the system. The tasks are related. The explanation of how operations of the system constitute exercises of our mental abilities

Précis of connectionism and the philosophy of psychology

It is argued that cognition is too rich and flexible to be simulable by the exceptionless representation‐level rules that classicism requires, and the mathematics of dynamical systems holds the key to how cognitive transitions are determined.

Connectionist Models

  • T. Rogers
  • Psychology
    The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • 2019

Active symbols and internal models: Towards a cognitive connectionism

A set of connectionist approaches which are characterized by “active symbols” — recurrent circuits which are the basis of knowledge representation are identified and it is claimed that such approaches avoid criticisms of behaviorism and are, in principle, capable of supporting full cognition.

Consciousness, explanatory inversion, and cognitive science

  • J. Searle
  • Psychology, Biology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1990
The essential point is that intrinsic intentionality has aspectual shape: The authors' mental representations represent the world under specific aspects, and these aspectual features are essential to a mental state's being the state that it is.



Computation and cognition: issues in the foundations of cognitive science

Abstract The computational view of mind rests on certain intuitions regarding the fundamental similarity between computation and cognition. We examine some of these intuitions and suggest that they

Computation and cognition - toward a foundation for cognitive science

In Computation and Cognition, Pylyshyn argues that computation must not be viewed as just a convenient metaphor for mental activity, but as a literal empirical hypothesis, which must face a number of serious challenges.

Representation without symbol systems

A different approach to understanding psychological processes is explored, one that retains a commitment to the idea that the brain uses symbols to store and use information.

How are grammers represented?

  • E. Stabler
  • Linguistics
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1983
Abstract Noam Chomsky and other linguists and psychologists have suggested that human linguistic behavior is somehow governed by a mental representation of a transformational grammar. Challenges to

Connectionist models and their properties

Much of the progress in the fields constituting cognitive science has been based upon the use of explicit information processing models, almost exclusively patterned after conventional serial

The nature of psychological explanation

In exploring the nature of psychological explanation, this book looks at how psychologists theorize about the human ability to calculate, to speak a language and the like. It shows how good

Linguistic theory and psychological reality

"Any adequate psychology of man must provide some way to understand the human capacity for language," the editors of this volume write. "It was a belief shared by quite a few among us that

Levels indeed! A response to Broadbent

Although Broadbent concedes that we are probably correct in supposing that memory representations are distributed, he argues that psychological evidence is irrelevant to our argument because our

Physical Symbol Systems

In this paper, the nature of physical symbol systems is laid out in ways familiar, but not thereby useless, to review the basis of common understanding between the various disciplines.