Kognitivní revoluce, behaviorismus a magická teorie mysli

Title in English Cognitive Revolution, Behaviourism and a Magical Theory of Mind


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Filosofický časopis
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords cognitive psychology; cognitive science; evolutionary psychology; philosophy of mind; Cartesian dualism; behaviourism
Description The article reacts to a critical evaluation of the cognitive revolution which Jaroslav Peregrin has presented (The Cognitive Counterrevolution, Filosofie dnes, 4, 2012, no. 1, pp. 19-35). According to Peregrin the cognitive revolution has thrown open a Pandora's box of naive mentalistic theories and variations on Cartesian dualism ("magical theories of the mind"), which "do not belong to science, nor even to sensible philosophy". Although I agree with the rejection of magical theories of the mind, I attempt to show that the cognitive turn in the 50's and 60's of the last century is susceptible of a quite different interpretation, according to which cognitive science, as a result of its basic assumptions and methodology, does not imply or propagate any kind of Cartesian dualism, rather it explicitly denies the possibility of such an account of the relation between mind and body.
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