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This book discusses the main contributions to cognitive research in what we call its prehistory, the period prior to about 1900. Rather than attempting a complete history, we focus on the main figures and the most significant contributions of philosophers and psychologists in the period. The main figures discussed are Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Darwin, Wundt, Frege, James, and Freud. Other figures who enter some of the chapters include Francis Bacon, Antoine Arnauld, Gottfried Leibniz, the evolutionary theorists who surrounded Darwin, the biologists and other contributors from the various disciplines that influenced Freud, and so on. The contribution to contemporary cognitive science of many of the figures we discuss has not been explored before. Interestingly, significant contributions of many of the figures we discuss have not been taken up by contemporary research. The book has been written to be accessible to the widest possible range of readers.
Contributors include Noam Chomsky, world-famous linguistic theorist, the well-known Kant and Freud scholars Patricia Kitcher and Andrew Brook, one of the most creative Hobbes scholars Marcelo Dascal, original Hume scholar Anne Jaap Jacobson, a scholar well-known for applying Darwinian theory in contemporary economics Don Ross, the famous Wundt scholar Arthur Blumenthal, a major student of James Tracy Henley, the important Frege scholar Peter Simons, and an accomplished experimental psychologist making his first foray into the history of cognitive research, Stellan Ohlsson. All chapters except the one by Chomsky are published here for the first time.


Description

This book discusses the main contributions to cognitive research in what we call its prehistory, the period prior to about 1900. Rather than attempting a complete history, we focus on the main figures and the most significant contributions of philosophers and psychologists in the period. The main figures discussed are Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Darwin, Wundt, Frege, James, and Freud. Other figures who enter some of the chapters include Francis Bacon, Antoine Arnauld, Gottfried Leibniz, the evolutionary theorists who surrounded Darwin, the biologists and other contributors from the various disciplines that influenced Freud, and so on. The contribution to contemporary cognitive science of many of the figures we discuss has not been explored before. Interestingly, significant contributions of many of the figures we discuss have not been taken up by contemporary research. The book has been written to be accessible to the widest possible range of readers.
Contributors include Noam Chomsky, world-famous linguistic theorist, the well-known Kant and Freud scholars Patricia Kitcher and Andrew Brook, one of the most creative Hobbes scholars Marcelo Dascal, original Hume scholar Anne Jaap Jacobson, a scholar well-known for applying Darwinian theory in contemporary economics Don Ross, the famous Wundt scholar Arthur Blumenthal, a major student of James Tracy Henley, the important Frege scholar Peter Simons, and an accomplished experimental psychologist making his first foray into the history of cognitive research, Stellan Ohlsson. All chapters except the one by Chomsky are published here for the first time.


Reviews



'A useful collection tracing some of the rarely-acknowledged sources of ideas in cognitive science.' - Maggie Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex, UK

'One attraction, and challenge, of cognitive science is the range of disciplines it integrates. A scientific theory of mind requires, it now appears, ideas from fields as diverse as computation, evolution, neurobiology, and physics. The Prehistory of Cognitive Science admirably explores many central ideas in contemporary cognitive science, and provides an illuminating historical context in which to better understand the provenance of current conceptions and debates. Its focus on key ideas and their most influential proponents makes the book ideal for the reader who wants a concise, and engaging, intellectual history of the field.' - Donald D. Hoffman, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
 
'This collection is accessible to a broad audience and the essays together serve as a good introduction to major figures in the history of psychology and philosophy, as well as contemporary trends in cognitive science.' - Michael Losonsky, Pragmatics& Cognition

'Andrew Brook has edited a fascinating volume of chapters on diverse topics in the history of the cognitive sciences…For any student of cognition and its history, The Prehistory of Cognitive Science is thoroughly recommended' – Perception


Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
PART I: THE ROOTS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE IN THE EARLY MODERN ERA
The Separation of Thought and Action in Western Tradition; S.Ohlsson
Language and Thought: Descartes and Some Reflections on Venerable Themes; N.Chomsky
Hobbes' Challenge; M.Dascal
Doing It His Way: Hume's Theory of Ideas and Contemporary Cognitive Science; A.J.Jacobson
Kant and Cognitive Science; A.Brook
PART II: INNOVATIONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
The Early Darwinians, Natural Selection and Cognitive Science; D.Ross
Wundt's Theoretical Psychology: An Unknown Legacy From a Gilded Age; A.L.Blumenthal
Frege: Furnishing Formal Foundations; P.Simons
Remembering William James; T.B.Henley
Freud's Interdisciplinary Fiasco; P.Kitcher


Authors

ANDREW BROOK is Professor of Philosophy and Director, Institute of Cognitive Science. Educated at the Universities of Alberta and Oxford (D. Phil.), he has been at various times Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Carleton, President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, and National Council Member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. He has authored or edited eight books and about 100 publications in total.