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The Temporal Dimension of Thought: Cortical Foundations of Predicative Representation

Markus Werning
Synthese
Vol. 146, No. 1/2, Non-Monotonic and Uncertain Reasoning in Cognition (Aug., 2005), pp. 203-224
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20118625
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

The paper argues that cognitive states of biological systems are inherently temporal. Three adequacy conditions for neuronal models of representation are vindicated: the compositionality of meaning, the compositionality of content, and the co-variation with content. Classicist and connectionist approaches are discussed and rejected. Based on recent neurobiological data, oscillatory networks are introduced as a third alternative. A mathematical description in a Hilbert space framework is developed. The states of this structure can be regarded as conceptual representations satisfying the three conditions.

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