Profile: Kenneth Aizawa

Professor and Chair

Department of Philosophy
  • Departments


  • Courses Taught

    Philosophy of Psychology

    Philosophy of Science

  • Education

    1989 Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

    1988 M.A. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

    1981-1983 A.B. Philosophy, University of Chicago

    1979-1981 Case Western Reserve University

  • Publications


    1. The Bounds of Cognition. (2008)  (With Fred Adams) Boston, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
    2. The Systematicity Arguments. (2003). Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.


    Select Articles

    1. Editors’ introduction to “The Material Basis of Cognition,” (2013). Minds and Machines, doi: 10.1007/s11023-013-9312-8.
    2. Multiple Realizability by Compensatory Differences. (2013).  European Journal for Philosophy of Science. Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 69-86. DOI: 10.1007/s13194-012-0058-6
    3. “Warren McCulloch’s Turn to Cybernetics: What Walter Pitts Contributed” (2012).  Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 37(3), pp. 206-17.  Invited contribution to a special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, edited by Tara Abraham, on Warren McCulloch and His Circle.
    4. “Distinguishing Virtue Epistemology and Extended Cognition”, (2012) Invited contribution to Philosophical Explorations, 15, pp. 91-107.  Special Issue on “Extended Cognition and Epistemology,” edited by Andy Clark, Duncan Pritchard, and Krist Vaesen. 
    5. Connectionism.  In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy. Pritchard, Duncan (ed.)  New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Article launched June 29, 2011.
    6. The Autonomy of Psychology in the Age of Neuroscience (with Carl Gillett).  (2011). In Illari, P.M., Russo, F., and Williamson, J.  (eds.) Causality in the Sciences.  Oxford University Press. (pp. 202-23).
    7. The Value of Cognitivism in Thinking about Extended Cognition.  (2010).  Special Issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9 (4), 579-603.
    8. Computation in Cognitive Science: It is not all about Turing-equivalent computation.  (2010).  Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 41, 227–236.  Invited contribution to a special issue on computation and cognitive science.
    9. The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy Revisited, (2010), Invited Contribution to a Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research, 11, (4), 332-342, on extended mind, edited by Leslie Marsh. 
    10. Consciousness: Don't Give up on the Brain (2010).  In Pierfrancesco, B., Kiverstein, J., & Phemister, P. (Eds.) The Metaphysics of Consciousness: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 67.  (pp. 263-284).
    11. The Boundaries Still Stand: A Reply to Fisher (2010).  Journal of Mind & Behavior, 31 (1&2), 37-47.
    12. Defending the Bounds of Cognition (with Fred Adams).  (2010). In Menary, R., (Ed.). The Extended Mind, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  (pp.  67-89).
    13. Causal Theories of Mental Content, (with Fred Adams), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  (2010)
    14. Levels, Individual Variation, Massive Multiple Realization in Neurobiology (with Carl Gillett)  (2009) Bickle, J. (Ed.)  Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience.  (pp. 539-581).
    15. Embodied cognition and the extended mind.  (with Fred Adams). (2009). In Garzon, P., & Symons, J. Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Psychology.   New York, NY: Routledge  (pp. 193-213).
    16. The (Multiple) Realization of Psychological and Other Properties in the Sciences. (with Carl Gillett).  (2009). Mind & Language, 24, 181-208.
    17. Neuroscience and Multiple Realization: A Reply to Bechtel and Mundale (2009), Synthese, 167, 493-510.
    18. Editor's Introduction for Synthese.  Special Issue on Philosophy and Neuroscience. (2009).  Synthese, 167, 433-438.
    19. Why the Mind is Still in the Head. (with Fred Adams) (2009).  In Robbins, P., and Aydede, M. (Eds.). Cambridge Handbook on Situated Cognition.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.  (pp. 78-95) .
    20. Walter Pitts and “A Logical Calculus” (with Mark Schlatter) (2007). Synthese, 162, 235-250.
    21. “Warren Sturgis McCulloch,” (2007).  Entry for the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
    22. “Korbinian Brodmann,” (2007).  Entry for the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
    23. Understanding the Embodiment of Perception. (2007). Journal of Philosophy, 104, 5-25.
    24. The Biochemistry of Memory Consolidation: Model Systems for the Philosophy of Mind (2007) Synthese, 155, 65-98.
    25. Defending Non-Derived Content  (2005)  (with Fred Adams).  Philosophical Psychology, 18, 661-669.
    26. Cognitive Architecture: The Structure of Cognitive Representations.  (2003). Warfield, T., and Stich, S., Blackwell’s Companion to the Mind. pp. 172-189.
    27. The Bounds of Cognition (2001) (with Fred Adams). Philosophical Psychology, 14, 43-64.
    28. German translation: "Die Grenzen der Kognition", in Fingerhut, J., Hufendiek, R., & Wild, M. (eds.). Philosophie der Verkörperung - Grundlagentexte zu einer aktuellen Debatte.  Suhrkamp.
    29. Connectionist Rules:  A Rejoinder to Horgan and Tienson's  Connectionism and the Philosophy of Psychology. Acta Analytica, 22, 59-85. (1999).
    30. Rock Beats Scissors: Historicalism Fights Back.  (1997) (with Fred Adams).  Analysis, 57, 273-281. 
    31. Fodor’s Asymmetric Causal Dependency Theory and Proximal Projections.  (1997) (with Fred Adams)  Southern Journal of Philosophy, 35, 433-437.
    32. Explaining Systematicity. (1997). Mind and Language, 12, 115-136.
    33. Exhibiting versus Explaining Systematicity: A Reply to Hadley and Hayward, Minds and Machines, 7, 39-55. (1997).
    34. The Role of the Systematicity Argument in Classicism and Connectionism.  In O'Nuallain, S. (Ed.).  Two Sciences of Mind: Readings in Cognitive Science and Consciousness.  Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.  (pp. 197-218). (1997).
    35. The Gap between Science and Social Policy in The Bell CurveAmerican Behavioral Scientist, 39, 84-97.  A special issue on “The Bell Curve: Laying bare the resurgence of scientific racism,” edited by Robert Newby.  (1995).
    36. Some Neural Network Theorizing Before McCulloch: Nicolas Rashevsky's Mathematical Biophysics.  In Mira-Mira, J., (Ed.). Proceedings of the International Conference on Brain Processes, Theories, and Models.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  (pp. 64-70).  (1995).
    37. Representations without Rules, Connectionism, and the Syntactic Argument.  Synthese, 101, 465-492. (1994).
    38. Lloyd's Dialectical Theory of Reference.  Mind & Language, 9, 1-24. (1994).
    39. Fodorian Semantics. (with Fred Adams)  In Warfield, T., & Stich, S. (Eds.). Mental Representation: A Reader. (1994). Cambridge, MA: Blackwell. (pp. 223-242).
    40. “X” means X: Fodor/Warfield Semantics. (with Fred Adams)  Minds and Machines, 4, 215-231. (1994).
    41. Fodorian Semantics, Pathologies, and Block's Problem. (with Fred Adams)   Minds and Machines 3, 97-104. (1993).
    42. Connectionism and Artificial Intelligence: History and Philosophical Interpretation. Journal for Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 4, 295-313. (1992).
    43. Reprinted in Ronald Chrisly (Ed.),  Artificial Intelligence:  Critical Concepts in Cognitive Science, vol. 2.  London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. December 2000.
    44. 'X' means X: Semantics Fodor-Style. (with Fred Adams) Minds and Machines, 2, 175-183. (1992).
    45. Cognitive Science. In Fred Adams and Leemon McHenry, Reflections on Philosophy.  St. Martins Press. (1992). (pp. 187-204).
    46. Rules in Programming Languages and Networks. (with Fred Adams and Gary Fuller) In J. Dinsmore (Ed.). The Symbolic and Connectionist Paradigms: Closing the Gap. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (1992).  (pp. 49-67).
    47. Biology and Sufficiency in Connectionist Theory.  In J. Dinsmore (Ed.)  The Symbolic and Connectionist Paradigms: Closing the Gap. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (1992).  (pp. 69-88).
  • Expertise

    Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Psychology

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