By Karl Leidlmair

This booklet includes a set of papers facing the reassessment of considering in Cognitive technology and in Philosophy at the present time.

Still depending on easy assumptions of Cartesian philosophy, Cognitive technological know-how took over the error of classical computational versions. rather than being taken care of as mere or natural motives of psychological techniques with hindsight, those versions have been mistakenly used as roughly literal causal descriptions of the (working of the) brain. a transparent perception into the relevance of embodied and embedded wisdom isn't just a relevant subject in AI study; it could possibly turn into a driver for a reassessment of philosophy. Philosophy, that's being affected by the 2 contrary possible choices of cultural relativism and rationalism, either one of that have grew to become out to be lifeless ends, is wanting a reassessment of reasoning. what's wanted is a reasoning irrespective of final purposes which whilst is grounded (and doesn’t fall into the catch of cultural relativism).

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Hooker, C. A. ): Images of Science. Chicago 1985: Chicago University Press, 75–98. Giere, R. : Explaining Science: The Cognitive Approach. Chicago, London 1988: Chicago University Press. Giere, R. : The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Theories. Philosophy of Science 61 (1994), 276–296. Giere, R. : Science Without Laws. Chicago 1999: Chicago University Press. : Wirtschaft und Technik. Tuebingen 19232 (Orig. 1913). : Representing and Intervening. Cambridge, New York 1983: Cambridge University Press.

On the one hand the independence of the world is acknowledged as an ontological realism. On the other the languagedependence and theory-impregnatedness of recognition and knowledge and all modes of “grasping” this independent world are defended, the world being but an open set of states of affairs allowing respective descriptions accordingly. The world certainly is “open” with regard to potential future (re)cognitions and descriptions. “Graspings” are revisable. One would understand the “world” as “comprising kinds of objects” with respective “properties” “which we in our language as it currently is cannot describe” yet, “something which could be otherwise than current theories can represent” (1989, 514).

If we compare the seventeenth and eighteenth century enlightenment, the Enlightenment with a capital “E”, with the earlier Platonic enlightenment, it is not hard to perceive both similarities and differences. On the side of the similarities, there is the same aspiration to reflective transcendence, the same willingness to criticize conventional beliefs and institutions, and to propose radical reforms. 6 You may recall that Socrates considers the objection that “the natures of men and women are different, and yet we are now saying that these different natures are to have the same occupations”.

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