After Cognitivism

A Reassessment of Cognitive Science and Philosophy

  • Karl Leidlmair

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Pragmatic Dimension: A Reassessment of Scientific Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hilary Putnam
      Pages 23-35
  3. Artificial Intelligence and the Embodiment of the Mind

  4. Socialization in the Internet Between Dissolution and Extension of the Human Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Douglas Thomas, John Seely Brown
      Pages 99-120
  5. New Research Strategies in Psychology and Psychotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Pierre Sachse, Marco Furtner
      Pages 163-179
    3. Rom Harré
      Pages 181-187
  6. Ethical and Economic Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Giuseppe Trautteur
      Pages 191-203
    3. Stuart G. Shanker
      Pages 205-212
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-229

About this book


The present book comprises a collection of papers dealing with the reassessment of thinking in Cognitive Science and in Philosophy today.

Still dependent on basic assumptions of Cartesian philosophy, Cognitive Science took over the mistakes of classical computational models. Instead of being treated as mere or pure explanations of mental processes with hindsight, these models were mistakenly used as more or less literal causal descriptions of the (working of the) mind. A clear insight into the relevance of embodied and embedded knowledge is not only a central topic in AI research; it can become a driving force for a reassessment of philosophy. Philosophy, which is struggling with the two opposite alternatives of cultural relativism and rationalism, both of which have turned out to be dead ends, is in need of a reassessment of reasoning. What is needed is a reasoning without reference to ultimate reasons which at the same time is grounded (and doesn’t fall into the trap of cultural relativism).


Cognitive Revolution Cognitivism Embodiment Heideggerian AI cognitive science embodied knowledge pragmatism

Authors and affiliations

  • Karl Leidlmair
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für PsychologieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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