Understanding Representation in the Cognitive Sciences

Does Representation Need Reality?

  • Alexander Riegler
  • Markus Peschl
  • Astrid von Stein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Position Paper

    1. Markus F. Peschl, Alexander Riegler
      Pages 9-17
  3. Different Facets of Representation

    1. Matthias Scheutz
      Pages 33-38
    2. Alfredo Pereira Jr.
      Pages 49-56
    3. Daniel D. Hutto
      Pages 57-74
  4. Computational Approaches

  5. Cognition as a Dynamical System

  6. Relevance of Action for Representation

  7. Symbol Grounding nad Language

    1. Tom Ziemke
      Pages 177-190
    2. N. Chandler, V. Balendran, L. Evett, K. Sivayoganathan
      Pages 191-197
    3. Christian Balkenius, Simon Winter
      Pages 199-208
  8. Communication and Social Coupling

    1. Peter Gärdenfors
      Pages 209-217
    2. Tom Routen
      Pages 229-235
  9. Qualitative Aspects of Representation and Consciousness

  10. Constructivism

  11. Back Matter
    Pages 289-307

About this book


urrently a paradigm shift is occurring in for the conventional understanding of represen- which the traditional view of the brain as tions. The paper also summarizes the rationale for C representing the "things of the world" is the selection of contributions to this volume, which challenged in several respects. The present volume will roughly proceed from relatively "realist" c- is placed at the edge of this transition. Based on the ceptions of representation to more "constructivist" 1997 conference "New Trends in Cognitive Sci- interpretations. The final chapter of discussions, ence" in Vienna, Austria, it tries to collect and in- taped during and at the end of the conference, p- grate evidence from various disciplines such as p- vides the reader with the possibility to reflect upon losophy of science, neuroscience, computational the different approaches and thus contributes to b- approaches, psychology, semiotics, evolutionary ter and more integrative understanding of their biology, social psychology etc. , to foster a new thoughts and ideas. understanding of representation. The subjective experience of an outside world This book has a truly interdisciplinary character. It seems to suggest a mapping process where environ- is presented in a form that is readily accessible to mental entities are projected into our mind via some professionals and students alike across the cognitive kind of transmission. While a profound critique of sciences such as neuroscience, computer science, this idea is nearly as old as philosophy, it has gained philosophy, psychology, and sociology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Riegler
    • 1
  • Markus Peschl
    • 2
  • Astrid von Stein
    • 3
  1. 1.Free University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.University of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.University/ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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