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Carole J Lee
PHIL 464
Seattle Campus

Philosophical Issues in the Cognitive Sciences

Philosophical problems connected with research in psychology, artificial intelligence, and other cognitive sciences. Topics vary. Readings from both philosophical and scientific literature. Accessible to nonphilosophers with suitable interests and backgrounds.

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Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of cognition by psychologists, computer scientists, linguists, neuroscientists, and philosophers. In this course, we will engage with foundational debates about: whether the process of thinking can be understood as a form of computation, whether thoughts should be understood as symbols that get “computed,” and whether thinking should be understood as a linear sequence of computations or as inhering in a network of interconnected units/neurons. We will evaluate these questions in the context of historical and contemporary work on computing, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 05/11/2012