Title

A Defence of Connectionism against the "Syntactic" Argument

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Publication Title

Synthese

Volume

128

Issue

3

DOI

10.1023/A:1011905917986

Abstract

In "Representations without Rules, Connectionism and the Syntactic Argument", Kenneth Aizawa argues against the view that connectionist nets can be understood as processing representations without the use of representation-level rules, and he provides a positive characterization of how to interpret connectionist nets as following representation-level rules. He takes Terry Horgan and John Tienson to be the targets of his critique. The present paper marshals functional and methodological considerations, gleaned from the practice of cognitive modeling, to argue against Aizawa's characterization of how connectionist nets may be understood as making use of representation-level rules.