Volume 1, Issue Part 1, 2007
Selected Essays from Asia Part 1
Reductionism in the Synthetic Approach of Cognitive Science and Phenomenology
Rethinking Dreyfus’ Critique of AI
Drawing on Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Hubert Dreyfus criticized classical AI in 1970s. While classical AI was based on symbolic manipulation, AI research of recent years has been based on the neural network approach and the synthetic approach. In this essay I would like to reexamine Dreyfus’ critique of AI and his Heidegger interpretation to suggest another aspect of Heidegger’s thought and Husserl’s phenomenology of reciprocal recognition which would provide a perspective from which to resist the reductionism in the recent approaches in cognitive science.