Theses Doctoral

Methods in Mind: Explanation in Cognitive Science

Richmond, Andrew

Together, these three papers aim to develop scientifically informed accounts of the role of computation and representation in cognitive science. Along the way, they illustrate and defend a methodologically nominalist approach to the philosophy of cognitive science: one that investigates scientific explanation by setting aside any properties that scientific concepts might refer to, focusing instead on the concepts themselves and their role in cognitive science’s explanatory economy — what they help scientists to explain, and how. In addition to these philosophical upshots, the papers intervene on a number of debates within cognitive science itself.


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Morrison, John Ross
Ph.D., Columbia University
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September 14, 2022