State space semantics and conceptual similarity: Reply to Churchland

  title={State space semantics and conceptual similarity: Reply to Churchland},
  author={Francisco Calvo Garz{\'o}n},
  journal={Philosophical Psychology},
  pages={77 - 95}
  • F. Garzón
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophical Psychology
Jerry Fodor and Ernest Lepore [(1992) Holism: a shopper's guide, Oxford: Blackwell; (1996) in R. McCauley (Ed.) The Churchlands and their critics , Cambridge: Blackwell] have launched a powerful attack against Paul Churchland's connectionist theory of semantics--also known as state space semantics. In one part of their attack, Fodor and Lepore argue that the architectural and functional idiosyncrasies of connectionist networks preclude us from articulating a notion of conceptual similarity… 
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