Grades of Explanation in Cognitive Science
Author: Montgomery R.
Source: Synthese, Volume 114, Number 3, March 1998 , pp. 463-495(33)
I sketch an explanatory framework that fits a variety of contemporary research programs in cognitive science. I then investigate the scope and the implications of this framework. The framework emphasizes (a) the explanatory role played by the semantic content of cognitive representations, and (b) the important ``mechanistic'', non-intentional dimension of cognitive explanations. I show how both of these features are present simultaneously in certain varieties of cognitive explanation. I also consider the explanatory role played by grounded representational content, that is, content evaluated by appeal to its truth, falsity, accuracy, inaccuracy and other relational properties.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 1998-03-01