Computational models: A modest role for content

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Abstract

The computational theory of mind construes the mind as an information-processor and cognitive capacities as essentially representational capacities. Proponents of the view (hereafter, 'computationalists') claim a central role for representational content in computational models of these capacities. In this paper I argue that the standard view of the role of representational content in computational models is mistaken; I argue that representational content is to be understood as a gloss on the computational characterization of a cognitive process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Keywords

  • Cognitive capacities
  • Computation
  • Explanation
  • Representational content

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