The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Science

edited by Keith Frankish and William M. Ramsey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback, paperback
ISBN: HB 978-0521-87141-9 PB 978-0521-69190-1
Publication date: July 2012
Publishers’ book webpage: (http://www NULL.cambridge


Cognitive science is a cross-disciplinary enterprise devoted to understanding the nature of the mind. In recent years, investigators in philosophy, psychology, the neurosciences, artificial intelligence, and a host of other disciplines have come to appreciate how much they can learn from one another about the various dimensions of cognition. The result has been the emergence of one of the most exciting and fruitful areas of inter-disciplinary research in the history of science.

This volume of original essays surveys foundational, theoretical, and philosophical issues across the discipline, and introduces the foundations of cognitive science, the principal areas of research, and the major research programs. With a focus on broad philosophical themes rather than detailed technical issues, the volume will be valuable not only to cognitive scientists and philosophers of cognitive science, but also to those in other disciplines looking for an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the field.

Each chapter is a specially commissioned survey article from a leading writer in the area – either a philosopher of cognitive science or a scientist with strong theoretical interests. The approach is thematic rather than historical, and the chapters are primarily survey pieces, though critical assessment is also included, where appropriate. The volume will be suitable for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars, with a particular emphasis on the second group. No extensive background knowledge is assumed, either in philosophy or the primary subject areas themselves.

A companion Handbook of Artificial Intelligence has been prepared by the same editors, and the two volumes have been conceived as a pair.


• Technical jargon is avoided as far as possible and no significant background knowledge of the field is assumed
• Includes supporting material, such as annotated chapter-specific further reading sections and an extensive glossary
• Concise, authoritative and up-to-date coverage of a rapidly developing and expanding field

Table of contents

List of tables and figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, Keith Frankish and William M. Ramsey
Part I: Foundations
1. History and core themes , Adele Abrahamsen and William Bechtel
2. The representational theory of mind, Barbara Von Eckardt
3. Cognitive architectures, Paul Thagard
Part II: Aspects of cognition
4. Perception, Casey O’Callaghan
5. Action, Elisabeth Pacherie
6. Human learning and memory, Charan Ranganath, Laura A. Libby, and Ling Wong
7. Reasoning and decision making, Mike Oaksford, Nick Chater, and Neil Stewart
8. Concepts, Gregory L. Murphy and Aaron B. Hoffman
9. Language, Ray Jackendoff
10. Emotion, Jesse Prinz
11. Consciousness, William G. Lycan
Part III: Research programs
12. Cognitive neuroscience, Dominic Standage and Thomas Trappenberg
13. Evolutionary psychology, H. Clark Barrett
14. Embodied, embedded, and extended cognition, Andy Clark
15. Animal cognition, Sara J. Shettleworth

Extracts from the book, including the introduction and Chapter 1, can be read on the publisher’s webpage for the book (http://www NULL.cambridge You can also download the introduction to the book (https://dl NULL.dropbox NULL.pdf).

Handbook of Cognitive Science front cover

Handbook of Cognitive Science back cover