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Are There Any Situated Cognition Concepts of Memory Functioning as Investigative Kinds in the Sciences of Memory?

Hibbert, Ruth (2015) Are There Any Situated Cognition Concepts of Memory Functioning as Investigative Kinds in the Sciences of Memory? Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:49118)

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Abstract

This thesis will address the question of whether there are any situated cognition concepts of memory functioning as investigative kinds in the sciences of memory. Situated cognition is an umbrella term, subsuming extended, embedded, embodied, enacted and distributed cognition. I will be looking closely at case studies of investigations into memory where such concepts seem prima facie most likely to be found in order to establish a) whether the researchers in question are in fact employing such concepts, and b) whether the concepts are functioning well – functioning as investigative kinds – and should therefore continue to be employed, or whether something has gone wrong in the practice of the science and they should employ a different kind of concept. An historically situated approach to the case studies will allow me to answer part b) here.

Along the way, I will argue for a way of construing scientific research that I call the dynamic framework account, an account of (im)maturity for science, a variety of conceptual role semantics with respect to scientific concepts, and the historically situated case study-based method I will employ in answering the central question. My conclusions, and the way I reach them, constitute contributions to debates about situated cognition particularly, and to philosophy of science more generally, as well as recommendations for scientific practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Corfield, David
Thesis advisor: Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer
Uncontrolled keywords: philosophy history and philosophy of science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 13:00 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49118 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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