Chapter 10. Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences

  1. Fritz Allhoff Assistant Professor Fellow Director
  1. William Bechtel Professor and
  2. Mitchell Herschbach PhD candidate in Philosophy

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315578.ch10

Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide

Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide

How to Cite

Bechtel, W. and Herschbach, M. (2010) Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences, in Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide (ed F. Allhoff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315578.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 4 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199957

Online ISBN: 9781444315578



  • philosophy of the cognitive sciences;
  • cognitive science - interdisciplinary research focusing on human cognitive phenomena;
  • cognitive mechanisms - processing information differently from other domain mechanisms;
  • cognitivism - behaviorism's emphasis on behavioral phenomena;
  • explanation in cognitive science;
  • distinctive role of representations in cognitive science explanations;
  • computer metaphor for cognition;
  • cognitive science as interdisciplinary;
  • cognitive science - not being static;
  • identifying new problems and developing solutions for solving them


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is Cognitive Science?

  • Explanation in Cognitive Science

  • The Distinctive Role of Representations in Cognitive Science Explanations

  • Relations between Disciplines

  • Conclusion

  • References