Delarivière S. & Frans J. (2015) Computational Explanation in Cognitive Sciences: The Mechanist Turn. Review of Explaining the Computational Mind by Marcin Milkowksi. Constructivist Foundations 10(3): 426–429. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2171

Delarivière S. & Frans J.
(

2015)

Computational Explanation in Cognitive Sciences: The Mechanist Turn. Review of Explaining the Computational Mind by Marcin Milkowksi.
Constructivist Foundations 10(3): 426–429.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2171
Upshot: The computational theory of mind has been elaborated in many different ways throughout the last decades. In Explaining the Computational Mind, Milkowski defends his view that the mind can be explained as computational through his defense of mechanistic explanation. At no point in this book is there explicit mention of constructivist approaches to this topic. We will, nevertheless, argue that it is interesting for constructivist readers.

Frans J. (2012) The Game of Fictional Mathematics. Review of “Mathematics and Reality” by Mary Leng. Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 126-128. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/821

Frans J.
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2012)

The Game of Fictional Mathematics. Review of “Mathematics and Reality” by Mary Leng.
Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 126-128.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/821
Upshot: Leng attacks the indispensability argument for the existence of mathematical objects. She offers an account that treats the role of mathematics in science as an indispensable and useful part of theories, but retains nonetheless a fictionalist position towards mathematics. The result is an account of mathematics that is interesting for constructivists. Her view towards the nominalistic part of science is, however, more in conflict with radical constructivism.