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Minds, models and mechanisms: a new perspective on intentional psychology

Hochstein, Eric (2012) Minds, models and mechanisms: a new perspective on intentional psychology. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 24 (4). pp. 547-557.

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In this article, I argue that intentional psychology (i.e. the interpretation of human behaviour in terms of intentional states and propositional attitudes) plays an essential role in the sciences of the mind. However, this role is not one of identifying scientifically respectable states of the world. Rather, I argue that intentional psychology acts as a type of phenomenological model, as opposed to a mechanistic one. I demonstrate that, like other phenomenological models in science, intentional psychology is a methodological tool with its own benefits and insights that complements our mechanistic understanding of systems. As a result, intentional psychology’s distinctive scientific benefit is its ability to model systems in unique, non-mechanistic, ways. This allows us to generate predictions that we cannot otherwise generate using the mechanistic models of neuroscience and cognitive psychology necessary for various scientific tasks.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Hochstein, Ericeghochst@gmail.com
Keywords: intentional psychology; mechanistic model; phenomenological model; prediction; explanation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Eric Hochstein
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2015 22:58
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2015 22:58
Item ID: 11713
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0952813...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/0952813X.2012.693688
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 2012
Page Range: pp. 547-557
Volume: 24
Number: 4
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11713

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