Volume 35, 1998
Philosophy of Mind
Vincenzo P. Lo Monaco
La cuestión de la Sistematicidad en el Análisis Computacional de la Mente
Fodor, Pylyshyn and McLaughlin reject connectionism and argue that connectionists are unable to explain systematicity without implementing a classical architecture. In this paper, I contend that the traditionalist conclusion only seems to follow if they are able to sketch a neutral account of systematicity. But in absence of such an explanation, connectionists bear no special burden in this matter. In support of this view, I set out three specific weaknesses: circularity, epistemological insufficiency, and atomism/reductionism, which affect the classical argument of systematicity. I conclude that there may be other ways to accommodate systematicity in a scientific framework, for instance, in the manner of Davidson’s holistic semantics, and indeed connectionist representation is one of these legitimate ways for doing that.