Today, an email exchange with Michael Rescorla made me wonder about the received view among philosophers of cognitive science.
In the 1980s, the received view used to be something like the language of thought hypothesis, or at least some symbols-and-rules framework of which the language of thought hypothesis was the most prominent representative.
Since the 1990s, it seems to me that most philosophers of cognitive science are more ready to assume some variant of connectionism. So now connectionism is the received view.
Does this seem right?
Caveat 1: Much could be said about what “connectionism” means, or doesn’t mean, or should mean, but I’ll leave that aside for today.
Caveat 2: Undoubtedly, even today many philosophers remain sympathetic to symbols-and-rules, while many others reject computations, or representations, or both, altogether.