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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 and Interaction Dominance

Systematicity and Interaction Dominance

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The Architecture of Cognition

Anthony Chemero

The MIT Press

In its classical form, the systematicity of cognition is constitutively tied to the compositionality of the vehicles of cognition. A burgeoning research program in the cognitive sciences suggests that, in many cases, cognitive systems are interaction dominant. I will describe several examples of research showing that cognitive systems are interaction dominant, and argue that interaction dominance is inconsistent with the compositionally of the vehicles of cognition. As goes compositionality, so goes classical systematicity. So, to whatever extent cognitive systems are genuinely interaction dominant, cognition is not classically systematic.

Keywords:   Systematicity, Compositionality, Complex systems, Interaction dominance

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