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The Architecture of CognitionRethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge$
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Paco Calvo and John Symons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001

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Systematicity Laws and Explanatory Structures in the Extended Mind

Systematicity Laws and Explanatory Structures in the Extended Mind

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(p.277) 11 Systematicity Laws and Explanatory Structures in the Extended Mind
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The Architecture of Cognition
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Alicia Coram

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0011

To date, most of the non-classical explanations offered for systematicity have accepted the classicist's assumption that mental representations are both syntactically and semantically internal. However, the extended theory of mind, which has been used to inform dynamic systems models of the cognitive architecture, explicitly challenges the claim that cognitive abilities take place entirely inside the head. Such a theory provides the foundation for locating the explanatory structures for patterns like systematicity in the wider cognitive system, including the structures of public representational schemes. I argue that such an explanation is supported by a review of the evidence for the systematicity of mind, with those patterns that do exist more readily accommodated by an extended account.

Keywords:   Systematicity, Dynamic systems, Extended mind

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