Computers and Cognition: Why Minds are not Machines

  • James H. Fetzer

Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 3-21
  3. Semiotic Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 25-42
    3. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 43-71
    4. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 73-98
  4. Computers and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 101-129
    3. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 131-152
    4. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 153-180
  5. Computer Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 183-220
    3. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 221-245
    4. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 247-267
  6. Epilogue

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-326

About this book


An important collection of studies providing a fresh and original perspective on the nature of mind, including thoughtful and detailed arguments that explain why the prevailing paradigm - the computational conception of language and mentality - can no longer be sustained. An alternative approach is advanced, inspired by the work of Charles S. Peirce, according to which minds are sign-using (or `semiotic') systems, which in turn generates distinctions between different kinds of minds and overcomes problems that burden more familiar alternatives. Unlike conceptions of minds as machines, this novel approach has obvious evolutionary implications, where differences in semiotic abilities tend to distinguish the species. From this point of view, the scope and limits of computer and AI systems can be more adequately appraised and alternative accounts of consciousness and cognition can be more thoroughly criticised.
Readership: Intermediate and advanced students of computer science, AI, cognitive science, and all students of the philosophy of the mind.


Prolog artificial intelligence behavior cognition consciousness epistemology evolution philosophy science verification

Authors and affiliations

  • James H. Fetzer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0243-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0973-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-0780
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