Cognitive science is the study of minds and mental processes. Psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and philosophy, among other subdisciplines, all contribute to this study. In this volume, leading researchers debate five core questions in the philosophy of cognitive science:
For each topic, the volume provides two essays, each advocating for an opposing approach. The editors provide reading questions and suggested readings for each topic, helping to make the volume accessible to readers who are new to the debates.
Part I: Is there a Universal Grammar?
1. Universal Grammar Paul Pietroski and Norbert Hornstein
2. Waiting for Universal Grammar Geoff Pullum
Part II: Are all concepts learned?
3. Beyond origins: Developmental pathways and the dynamics of brain network Linda B. Smith, Lisa Byrge & Olaf Sporns
4. The Metaphysics of Developing Cognitive Systems: Why the Brain Cannot Replace the Mind Mark Fedyk and Fei Xu
Part III: What is the role of the body in cognition?
5. Embodied Cognition and the Neural Reuse Hypothesis Julian Kiverstein
6. Rehashing Embodied Cognition and the Neural Reuse Hypothesis Fred Adams
Part IV: How should neuroscience inform the study of cognition?
7. Does Cognitive Science Need Neuroscience Fiery Cushman
8. Is cognitive neuroscience an oxymoron? Yael Niv
Part V: What can cognitive science teach us about ethics?
9. The Ethical Significance of Cognitive Science Victor Kumar
10. Putting the ‘Social’ Back in Social Psychology Colin Klein
In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today.