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Books: Cognitive Science: Cameron Shelley (2003)

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  1. paul, Multiple Analogies in Science and Philosophy: Shelley

Message 1: Multiple Analogies in Science and Philosophy: Shelley

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 16:02:14 +0000
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Subject: Multiple Analogies in Science and Philosophy: Shelley

Title: Multiple Analogies in Science and Philosophy
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 11
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Cameron Shelley, University of Michigan 
Hardback: ISBN: 9027223637, Pages: xvi, 168 pp., Price: EUR 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588114023, Pages: xvi, 168 pp., Price: USD 85.00

A multiple analogy is a structured comparison in which several sources
are likened to a target. In Multiple analogies in science and
philosophy, Shelley provides a thorough account of the cognitive
representations and processes that participate in multiple analogy
formation. Through analysis of real examples taken from the fields of
evolutionary biology, archaeology, and Plato's Republic, Shelley
argues that multiple analogies are not simply concatenated single
analogies but are instead the general form of analogical inference, of
which single analogies are a special case. The result is a truly
general cognitive model of analogical inference. Shelley also shows
how a cognitive account of multiple analogies addresses important
philosophical issues such as the confidence that one may have in an
analogical explanation, and the role of analogy in science and
philosophy. This book lucidly demonstrates that important questions
regarding analogical inference cannot be answered adequately by
consideration of single analogies alone.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables ix 
Preface xiii 
Acknowledgments xv 
1. The problem of multiple analogies 1-9 
2. Multiple analogies and "old fourlegs" 11-33 
3. Multiple analogies from the Mesozoic 35-63 
4. Multiple analogies in archaeology 65-87 
5. Multiple analogies in Plato's Republic 89-112 
6. Modelling multiple analogies 113-135 
Appendix: Historical review 137-151 
Notes 153-155 
References 157-164 
Index 165-167

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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