Terence Horgan, John Tienson

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Contemporary cognitive science has two principal branches: the classical computational approach (sometimes called classicism) and connectionism. Rules are fundamental to theorizing about the basic units of processing in both classicism and connectionism. But we will be concerned primarily with rules that apply to representations and that determine transitions from one cognitive/representational state to the next. Such rules are fundamental to classicism, since, according to classicism, cognitive processes simply are rule-governed cognitive state transitions. Rules that apply to representations are not a built-in feature of connectionist architecture, so the role of such rules in connectionism is less clear. We will argue that they are neither necessary nor (in general) desirable in connectionism. We discuss the status of rules first in classicism, then in connectionism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Cognitive Science
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781405164535
ISBN (Print)9780631218517
StatePublished - Feb 26 2008


  • Baby steps
  • Bottoming out
  • Cognitive science
  • Representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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