Connectionism and artificial intelligence: history and philosophical interpretation

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Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus have tried to place connectionism and artificial intelligence in a broader historical and intellectual context. This history associates connectionism with neuroscience, conceptual holism, and nonrationalism, and artificial intelligence with conceptual atomism, rationalism, and formal logic. The present paper argues that the Dreyfus account of connectionism and artificial intelligence is both historically and philosophically misleading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-313
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Atomism
  • Connectionism
  • Dreyfus
  • Holism
  • Neuroscience
  • Rationalism


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