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12 giugno 2018: Alessio Plebe: Neurosemantics

Conferenza organizzata da Neurophilosophy Research Group - Ciclo Cognition in Action 2018


Alessio Plebe (Università degli Studi di Messina)



12 giugno 2018, h. 14:30-16:30 

Sala Seminari, Dipartimento di Filosofia, via Festa del Perdono 7, Cortile Ghiacciaia, Sottotetto.



Abstract: In recent years, the term "neurosemantics" has been increasingly used in neuroscience and in philosophy. It is adopted for two different sorts of objectives. One regards the meaning of the electrical and the chemical activities going on in neural circuits, what can be called the "semantics of neurons". The second, regards the type of semantics studied for years in philosophy: the meaning of language, but with the added intention of explaining in neural computational terms, what happens when people listen to and understand utterances. I argue that neurosemantics, understood as the construction of linguistic meaning in neural terms, requires an assumption of continuity.  This is because the physiological strategies upon which language are based are no different in nature, to those by which neurons create non-linguistic conceptual systems. This continuity can subsist defending two different controversial notions, that of representation and computation. I will illustrate examples of linguistic phenomena that can be explained through the employment of these two concepts and briefly describe neurocomputational models that have simulated how this phenomena might be instantiated in the brain.


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