The Cognitive Philosophy of Communication

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Numerous species use different forms of communication in order to successfully interact in their respective environment. This article seeks to elucidate limitations of the classical conduit metaphor by investigating communication from the perspectives of biology and artificial neural networks. First, communication is a biological natural phenomenon, found to be fruitfully grounded in an organism’s embodied structures and memory system, where specific abilities are tied to procedural, semantic, and episodic long-term memory as well as to working memory. Second, the account explicates differences between non-verbal and verbal communication and shows how artificial neural networks can communicate by means of ontologically non-committal modelling. This approach enables new perspectives of communication to emerge regarding both sender and receiver. It is further shown that communication features gradient properties that are plausibly divided into a reflexive and a reflective form, parallel to knowledge and reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5(4), 39
Number of pages18
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 19

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy


  • communication
  • reflexive communication
  • reflective communication
  • knowledge
  • memory
  • artificial intelligence


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