In this week’s class, we will review the history of different traditions in psychology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science, with special attention to mainstream cognitive science and the traditions in psychology and cognitive science that influence the alternative approaches we discuss in the course.
Focus on texts in bold. Familiarize yourself with the other texts, but don’t stress too much about the details.
- Paul Thagard, “Cognitive Science,” Stanford Encyclopedia to Philosophy
- Andy Clark, selections from Mindware
- Going Further: Andy Clark, “Cognitive Technology” (from Mindware)
- John Dewey, “The Reflex-Arc Concept in Psychology”
- Going Further: Mark Johnson, “Cognitive science and Dewey’s theory of mind, thought, and language,” Cambridge Companion to Dewey
- Going Further: Matthias Jung, “John Dewey and action,” Cambridge Companion to Dewey
- Lev Vygotsky, “Consciousness as a problem in the psychology of behavior”
- Going Further: James Wertsch, Vygotsky and the Social Formation of Mind
- J.J. Gibson, “The Ecological Approach to the Visual Perception of Pictures”
- Going Further: E. Bruce Goldstein, “The Ecology of J. J. Gibson’s Perception”
Methods Discussion: Cognitive Analysis
- Activity: Cognitive Diary (due in class)