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Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought

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Within cognitive science, two approaches currently dominate the problem of modeling representations. The symbolic approach views cognition as computation involving symbolic manipulation. Connectionism, a special case of associationism, models associations using artificial neuron networks. Peter Gardenfors offers his theory of conceptual representations as a bridge between ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published January 30th 2004 by Bradford Book (first published March 20th 2000)
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Gärdenfors sketches an intermediate level of representational content, between the "symbolic" (syntactic and propositional) and associationist levels, and argues that this intermediate level of conceptual content helps resolve a variety of deep problems for cognitive science, such as how thinkers acquire novel cognitive content, how to understand metaphor, and how induction works.

My interest is mainly in philosophy of language, and there are many interesting suggestions for how to think differe
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