Three-concept monte: Explanation, implementation and systematicity

@article{Matthews1994ThreeconceptME,
  title={Three-concept monte: Explanation, implementation and systematicity},
  author={Robert J. Matthews},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={1994},
  volume={101},
  pages={347-363}
}
Fodor and Pylyshyn (1988), Fodor and McLaughlin (1990) and McLaughlin (1993) challenge connectionists to explain systematicity without simply implementing a classical architecture. In this paper I argue that what makes the challenge difficult for connectionists to meet has less to do with what is to be explained than with what is to count as an explanation. Fodor et al. are prepared to admit as explanatory, accounts of a sort that only classical models can provide. If connectionists are to meet… CONTINUE READING