The 3rd edition of Theoretical Issues in Psychology provides an authoritative overview of the conceptual issues in psychology which introduces the underlying philosophies that underpin them. It includes new insights across the philosophy of science combined with increased psychological coverage to show clearly how these two communities interrelate, ensuring an integrative understanding of the fundamental debates and how they link to your wider studies.

Modern Approaches to Mind (1): The Language-Based View: Functionalism and the Computational Theory of Mind

Modern approaches to mind (1): The language-based view: Functionalism and the computational theory of mind

PREVIEW In this chapter we discuss the classical view of mind as the software of the brain: the computational theory of mind. It holds that mental states (thoughts, representations) are really symbol strings, and that mental processes (thinking, reasoning) are computations over these symbols. The computational theory of mind provides an integrated view of the nature of mental representations, meaning and intentionality. Functionalism is a philosophical pillar of the computational view. Artificial intelligence is the proof of the viability of the computational view, and the current state of (strong) AI suggests that computationalism is in ...

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