Recognition: Philosophical Studies and Their Relation to Psychology
Rakowsky, Katherine E., 1960-2003
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The issue of behavioral and linguistic evidence points to a question about the nature of recognition: are we to conceive of recognition as a pattern of responses to certain objects, or are we to conceive of it as an internal, subjective experience? I will forgo discussion of this question until the conclusion, but it should be kept in mind through the following chapters. In these pages I will explore categorization and its relationship to recognition, especially sortal recognition, and the constraints on any attempts to simulate human recognitive powers using a computer. The classical theory, objections to it, and two alternatives will be explored, in the hope that they will contribute to our understanding of what it is to recognize an object.