Associationist Theories of Thought

[New Entry by Eric Mandelbaum on March 17, 2015.] Associationism is one of the oldest, and, in some form or another, most widely held theories of thought. Associationism has been the engine behind
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[New Entry by Eric Mandelbaum on March 17, 2015.] Associationism is one of the oldest, and, in some form or another, most widely held theories of thought. Associationism has been the engine behind empiricism for centuries, from the British Empiricists through the Behaviorists and modern day Connectionists. Nevertheless, "associationism" does not refer to one particular theory of cognition per se, but rather a constellation of related though separable theses. What ties these theses together is a commitment to a certain arationality of thought: a creature's mental states are associated because of some facts about its causal...

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