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The Architecture of Cognition: Rethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge

Paco Calvo and John Symons


In 1988, Jerry Fodor and Zenon Pylyshyn challenged connectionist theorists to explain the systematicity of cognition. In a highly influential critical analysis of connectionism, they argued that connectionist explanations, at best, can only inform us about details of the neural substrate; explanations at the cognitive level must be classical insofar as adult human cognition is essentially systematic. More than twenty-five years later, however, conflicting explanations of cognition do not divide along classicist-connectionist lines, but oppose cognitivism (both classicist and connectionist) wit ... More

Keywords: Systematicity debate, Cognitive architecture, Post-connectionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paco Calvo, editor

John Symons, editor

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Front Matter


1 Systematicity

John Symons and Paco Calvo


7 Systematicity and the Need for Encapsulated Representations

Gideon Borensztajn, Willem Zuidema, and William Bechtel

8 How Limited Systematicity Emerges

Randall C. O'Reilly, Alex A. Petrov, Jonathan D. Cohen, Christian J. Lebiere, Seth A. Herd, and Trent Kriete

9 A Category Theory Explanation for Systematicity

Steven Phillips and William H. Wilson


12 Systematicity and Conceptual Pluralism

Fernando Martínez-Manrique


15 From Systematicity to Interactive Regularities

David Travieso, Antoni Gomila, and Lorena Lobo

16 The Emergence of Systematicity in Minimally Cognitive Agents

Paco Calvo, Emma Martin, and John Symons

End Matter