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The Roles of Philosophy in Cognitive Science

van Gelder, T.J. (1998) The Roles of Philosophy in Cognitive Science.  Philosophical Psychology, 11, 117-136.

An updated version was produced in 2009, but not (re-)published.


What does philosophy contribute to cognitive science? This question is addressed indirectly, by describing some of the many roles philosophers play. These include pioneer, building inspector, Zen monk, cartographer, archivist, cheerleader and gadfly. As a preparatory exercise, philosophers are characterized in terms of their primary methods: argument, conceptual analysis and historical perspective. The various roles philosophers in fact play are seen to follow naturally from this way of characterizing the philosopher.
Tim van Gelder,
Jul 20, 2015, 4:27 AM