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Peirce’s theory of signs is a rich and expansive theoretical option for cognitive sciences that does not assume the presence of the distinction between the methods of natural and those of the human sciences. The potential of the sign-theoretic account remains largely unacknowledged, however. The reason may be the conceptual jungle that one encounte...
Traditionally it is taken for granted that mental imagery (MI) is a mental representation (MR) of some kind or format. This yields that theory of MR can give an adequate and exhaustive explanation of MI. Such co-relation between the two is usually seen as unproblematic. But is it really so? This article aims at challenging the theoretical claim tha...
This article addresses the problem of the nature of mental imagery from a new perspective. It suggests that sign-theoretical approach as elaborated by C. S. Peirce can give a better and more comprehensive explanation of mental imagery. Our empirical findings follow the methodology of cognitive semiotics and they show that (i) properties of mental i...
This article attempts to give a plausible explanation to the long-debated question about the nature of mental imagery (MI). Th e traditional approach to this question is based on the representational paradigm, which, I claim, is misguided. Instead of representational aspects of mental imagery, I emphasize the functions of mental imagery, the variet...
In his book, Consciousness and the Philosophy of Signs, Marc Champagne argues that current philosophical puzzlement about the qualitative dimension of consciousness stems, historically and logically, from a failure to properly handle the fine-grained distinctions found in the semiotic theory of the American polymath, Charles Sanders Peirce. The aim...
This article attempts to give a plausible explanation to the long-debated question about the nature of mental imagery (MI). The traditional approach to this question is based on the representational paradigm, which, I claim, is misguided. Instead of representational aspects of mental imagery, I emphasize the functions of mental imagery, the variety...
Abduction is the only mode of reasoning that generates new ideas. It is summoned when we do not know what we do not know. Such fundamental uncertainty faces scientists in natural and social sciences virtually daily. Yet the nature of abductive inference is still badly understood. We propose a new approach, which takes abduction a pragmatic and dynamic reasoning mode that draws as its conclusion at a pre-belief stage as a conjectural invitation to inquiry, typically in the form of "How possible" questions. This special mood is a mixture of interrogative and imperative moods and not readily available in natural language. We analyze the effectiveness of interrogative abduction in its qualities of imagining and reasoning about plausible future scenarios, models and events in a diagrammatic, non-sentential fashion. Understanding abduction is important, as it abounds in non-conventional approaches to collective social dilemmas, super-wicked and inverse problems, technology design, and in scenario-based futures research.