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Three-Concept Monte: Explanation, Implementation and Systematicity

Robert J. Matthews
Synthese
Vol. 101, No. 3, Connectionism and the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence (Dec., 1994), pp. 347-363
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117966
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Abstract

Fodor and Pylyshyn (1988), Fodor and McLaughlin (1990) and McLaughlin (1993) challenge connectionists to explain systematicity without simply implementing a classical architecture. In this paper I argue that what makes the challenge difficult for connectionists to meet has less to do with what is to be explained than with what is to count as an explanation. Fodor et al. are prepared to admit as explanatory, accounts of a sort that only classical models can provide. If connectionists are to meet the challenge, they are going to have to insist on the propriety of changing what counts as an explanation of systematicity. Once that is done, there would seem to be as yet no reason to suppose that connectionists are unable to explain systematicity.

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