Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

Resisting the tyranny of terminology: The general dynamical hypothesis in cognitive science

Terence Horgan a1 and John Tienson a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152


What van Gelder calls the dynamical hypothesis is only a special case of what we here dub the general dynamical hypothesis. His terminology makes it easy to overlook important alternative dynamical approaches in cognitive science. Connectionist models typically conform to the general dynamical hypothesis, but not to van Gelder's.