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Chapter 5.1

CGSC170 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5.1: Logical Consequence


Department
Cognitive Science
Course Code
CGSC170
Professor
Kaja Jasinka
Chapter
5.1

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Tackling the Integration challenge
Intertheoretic reduction and the integration challenge
Unity of science assumes that all of science is a unified intellectual enterprise focused on
giving a complete account of the natural world
Integration challenge in cognitive science is a unified intellectual enterprise that
aims to give a complete account of the mind
Since the mind is part of the natural world, integration challenge in
Cognitive Science is just part of a more general problem of the unity of
science
What is intertheoretic reduction?
Reduction
Relation that holds between theories that can be formulated as
interconnected groups of laws
Relative between two theories, one of which is more fundamental than the
other
T1 more fundamental theory (higher level theory that can be
reduced)
T2 less fundamental theory
T1 more fundamental to reduction of T2 the less fundamental
When two conditions meet, there is a reduction
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