Foundations of Science

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 115–131

Cognitive? Science?

  • J. Ignacio Serrano
  • M. Dolores del Castillo
  • Manuel Carretero
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10699-013-9323-1

Cite this article as:
Serrano, J.I., del Castillo, M. & Carretero, M. Found Sci (2014) 19: 115. doi:10.1007/s10699-013-9323-1

Abstract

Cognitive Science is a promising field of research that deals with one of the most fundamental questions ever: how do beings know? However, despite the long and extensive tradition of the field it has not yet become an area of knowledge with scientific identity. This is primarily due to three reasons: the lack of boundaries in defining the object of study, i.e. cognition, the lack of a precise, robust and consistent scientific methodology and results, and the inner problems derived from its interdisciplinary nature. This paper presents a background review, a theoretical frame and a humble reflection on these topics in order to arouse the internal debate among readers once more.

Keywords

Philosophy of cognition Philosophy of Cognitive Science  Sociology of Cognitive Science Scientific theory  Interdisciplinary science 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ignacio Serrano
    • 1
  • M. Dolores del Castillo
    • 1
  • Manuel Carretero
    • 2
  1. 1.Bioengineering GroupConsejo Superior de Invetigaciones Científicas (CSIC)Arganda del ReySpain
  2. 2.Philosophy DivisionSecondary School Teacher Corps of Comunidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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