© 2003

The Systematicity Arguments


Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 1-18
  3. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 19-41
  4. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 43-55
  5. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 57-90
  6. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 117-149
  7. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 175-205
  8. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 207-223
  9. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 225-241
  10. Kenneth Aizawa
    Pages 243-248
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book addresses a part of a problem. The problem is to determine the architecture of cognition, that is, the basic structures and mechanisms underlying cognitive processing. This is a multidimensional problem insofar as there appear to be many distinct types of mechanisms that interact in diverse ways during cognitive processing. Thus, we have memory, attention, learning, sensation, perception, and who knows what else, interacting to produce behavior. As a case in point, consider a bit of linguistic behavior. To tell a friend that I think Greg won a stunning victory, I must evidently rely on various bits of information stored in my memory, including who my friends are, who Greg is, what he won, and what natural languages I share with my friend. I must sense and perceive that my friend is within hearing distance, how loud I need to speak, how loud I am speaking, and whether my friend is paying attention. I must avail myself of what I know about the language I share with my friend, along with innumerable principles about human "folk psychology. " This book does not address the full range of contemporary theorizing about cognitive architecture, but only a part. It addresses theories of cognitive architecture that hypothesize that there exist cognitive representations, then begins to explore the possible structure of these representations. One of the leading hypotheses concerning the structure of cognitive representations is that it is akin to that found in symbolic logic.


Connectionism Thought cognitive science mind philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centenary College of LouisianaUSA

Bibliographic information


"Aizawa makes an important contribution to the debate over whether a connectionist architecture can explain the systematicity of thought without implementing a classical architecture. His discussion blows away many pockets of unclarity in the literature on this issue."
(Brian McLaughlin, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)