Philosophy and Cognitive Science: Western & Eastern Studies

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Lorenzo Magnani, Ping Li
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 13, 2012 - Science - 290 pages
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The book addresses a number of recent topics at the crossroad of philosophy and cognitive science, taking advantage of both the western and the eastern perspectives and conceptions that emerged and were discussed at the PCS2011 Conference recently held in Guangzhou. The ever growing cultural exchange between academics and intellectual belonging to different cultures is reverberated by the juxtaposition of papers, which aim at investigating new facets of crucial problems in philosophy: the role of models in science and the fictional approach; chance seeking dynamics and how affordances work; abductive cognition; visualization in science; the cognitive structure of scientific theories; scientific representation; mathematical representation in science; model-based reasoning; analogical reasoning; moral cognition; cognitive niches and evolution.
 

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Contents

Scientific Models Are Not Fictions
1
An Examination of the Thesis of Models as Representations
39
Before andAfter the BeastMachine Controversy
53
From Mindless Modeling to Scientific Models
75
A Case Study of a Flawed AnalogousModel
105
A Study of Model and Representation Based on a Duhemian Thesis
115
From the Received View to the ModelTheoretic Approach
142
From Abduction to Affordance
155
A Proposal on Belief Abduction and Interpretation
173
The Importance of ChanceSeeking and Silent Knowledge in Abductive Cognition
185
Cognitive Abduction and the Study of Visual Culture
205
Understanding Scientific Inference in the Natural Sciences Basedon Abductive Inference Strategies
221
Moral Intuitions vs Moral ReasoningA Philosophical Analysis of the Explanatory Models IntuitionismRelies On
238
Evolutionary Tolerance
263
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