A Defence Of Connectionism Against The "Syntactic'' Argument

Author: Guarini, M.

Source: Synthese, Volume 128, Number 3, September 2001 , pp. 287-317(31)

Publisher: Springer

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In "Representations without Rules, Connectionism and the Syntactic Argument'', Kenneth Aizawa argues against the view that connectionist nets can be understood as processing representations without the use of representation-level rules, and he provides a positive characterization of how to interpret connectionist nets as following representation-level rules. He takes Terry Horgan and John Tienson to be the targets of his critique. The present paper marshals functional and methodological considerations, gleaned from the practice of cognitive modelling, to argue against Aizawa's characterization of how connectionist nets may be understood as making use of representation-level rules.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Humanities Department, Philosophy, The University of Michigan in Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA. E-mail: marcello_guarini@hotmail.com

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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