Structure and Thought: Toward a Materialist Theory of Representational Cognition (Diaeresis) (Paperback)

Structure and Thought: Toward a Materialist Theory of Representational Cognition (Diaeresis) By Daniel Sacilotto, Ray Brassier (Foreword by) Cover Image

Structure and Thought: Toward a Materialist Theory of Representational Cognition (Diaeresis) (Paperback)

By Daniel Sacilotto, Ray Brassier (Foreword by)

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Offers a new understanding of representational cognition that synthesizes postwar philosophical approaches to the question of objective knowledge

This study develops a novel account of representational cognition, explaining how cognitive systems progressively come to map the structure of their worlds. Daniel Sacilotto offers a constructive response to the critique of representation formulated throughout the post‑Kantian philosophical tradition. Rather than a skepticism or idealism whereby thinking can grasp appearances but never the real, representation, Sacilotto shows, is a constitutive dimension of cognitive systems’ creative capacity to know and intervene in the world of which they are part.

Structure and Thought: Toward a Materialist Theory of Representational Cognition integrates various lines in contemporary philosophy, including those often seen as incommensurable or in irresolvable tension with one another. Sacilotto thus advances a productive synthesis of a materialist ambition to provide a creative and historical understanding of cognition with a structural realist account of representation. He shows how the different forms of sensory, discursive, and theoretical mediation that characterize human cognition are conducive to a realist epistemological framework that explains how the possibility of knowledge about a mind‑independent reality is conceivable.

DANIEL SACILOTTO is a professor of critical studies at the California Institute of the Arts.

RAY BRASSIER is a professor of philosophy at the American University of Beirut.
Product Details ISBN: 9780810146631
ISBN-10: 0810146630
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Diaeresis
"I know of no other work with the sheer scope of this one. The range of ideas on display, and their synthesis into one narrative, is astonishing, sometimes even dizzying." —Danielle Macbeth, author of Realizing Reason: A Narrative of Truth and Knowing