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Cognitive architecture

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-W004-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Cognitive architecture involves the properties of mental structures and mental mechanisms that do not vary when people have different goals, beliefs, precepts or other cognitive states. A serious computational theory of mind (CTM) requires that the architecture be constrained independently of such states. One consequence of taking the distinction between architecture and representation-governed process seriously is that it provides a reply to those who are sceptical about the role of rules in cognition, on the grounds that following rules leads to an infinite regress: in CTM, rules are executed by the causal structure of the architecture, and hence do not require further rules for following rules.

Citing this article:
Pylyshyn, Zenon W.. Cognitive architecture, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-W004-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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