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By Stephen F. Brown (auth.), Ghita HolmstrÖm-Hintikka (eds.)

Modern advancements in philosophy have supplied us with instruments, logical and methodological, that weren't to be had to Medieval thinkers - a improvement that has its hazards in addition to possibilities. glossy instruments enable one to penetrate previous texts and research outdated difficulties in new methods, supplying interpretations that the previous thinkers couldn't have recognized. yet except one continues to be delicate to the truth that language has passed through alterations, bringing with it a shift within the which means of terminology, you can actually simply perpetrate an anachronism.
but there's a starting to be have to carry glossy instruments and to endure at the fight for larger knowing of the issues studied and the suggestions discovered through the traditional students. If we stay delicate to the risks, this openness to new tools should be anticipated to widen our views and deepen our wisdom of outdated fabric.
the point of interest within the current quantity is on difficulties in Medieval and modern philosophy of religion.

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3. ON THE OBJECT OF MODELLING Dreyfus and Dreyfus (1988) have claimed that LOT-theories model the mind, whereas connectionist models model the brain. If the object of modelling is the human brain, the correctness of a model is an empirical question, which philosophers cannot answer. If we argue that the models are models of the human mind, we may tend to think that connectionist models rely on the old idea of parallelism between the states of the soul and the states of the body and believe in pre-established harmony between the two.

But, on this interpretation, God does not have epistemological perfection for, as we have already seen, humans can have some particular knowledge how and knowledge by acquaintance that He cannot have. On the other hand, if one allows God to have the knowledge that humans have, this will conflict with some of God's other characteristics. One can, of course, define "epistemological perfection" in such a way that these problems are avoided for example, by excluding the knowledge how and knowledge by acquaintance that conflict with God's other attributes.

Instead of a language-like model, those models offer a mathematical description of how the mind works. There are various types of connectionist models, such as parallel distributed processing and subsymbolic connectionism, but here it suffices to give a general characterization of the basic idea of connectionism. First, it may be pointed out that connectionist models are representational, even if not symbolic. , that is, ,phenomena which are not within the reach of classical models. The basic idea is the following: the model is a neural network, which consists of units or nodes and connections between the units.

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