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The World in the Head$
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Robert Cummins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199548033.001.0001

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Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains

Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains

(p.46) 4 Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains
The World in the Head

Robert Cummins

Jim Blackmon

David Byrd

Pierre Poirier

Martin Roth

Georg Schwarz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the debate over systematicity that concerns the formal conditions a scheme of mental representation must satisfy in order to explain the systematicity of thought. The systematicity of thought is assumed to be a pervasive property of minds and can be characterized as anyone who can think systematic variants of the same thought. One example of systematicity is where anyone who can think of the alleged fact that ‘John loves Mary’ can also think that ‘Mary loves John’, implying that the thought ‘Mary loves John’ is a systematic variant of the thought ‘John loves Mary’.

Keywords:   systematicity, mental representation, systematic variants, formal conditions, systematicity of thought, pervasive property

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