Title

A role for representation in cognitive neurobiology

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Journal

Philosophy of Science

Volume

77

Issue

5

First Page

875

Last Page

887

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1086/656818

Abstract

What role does the concept of representation play in the contexts of experimentation and explanation in cognitive neurobiology? In this article, a distinction is drawn between minimal and substantive roles for representation. It is argued by appeal to a case study that representation currently plays a role in cognitive neurobiology somewhere in between minimal and substantive and that this is problematic given the ultimate explanatory goals of cognitive neurobiological research. It is suggested that what is needed is for representation to instead play a substantive role. Copyright 2010 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.

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