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Carlos Zednik

Carlos Zednik is Assistant Professor at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany. His work addresses the explanatory norms and practices in cognitive science and neuroscience, with a particular focus on the explanatory role of mathematical models. He is also concerned with the nature of embodied and situated cognition, and with artificial intelligence.

PPP Contributions


  • Zednik, C. (in press). Mechanisms in Cognitive Science. In S. Glennan & P. Illari (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. London: Routledge.

  • Zednik, C. & Jäkel, F. (2016). Bayesian reverse-engineering considered as a research strategy for cognitive science. Synthese 193: 3951-3985.

  • Zednik, C. (2015). Heuristics, Descriptions, and the Scope of Mechanistic Explanation. In C. Malaterre & P-A. Braillard (Eds.), Explanation in Biology: An Enquiry into the Diversity of Explanatory Patterns in the Life Sciences (pp. 295-318). Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Landy, D., Allen, C. & Zednik, C. (2014). A perceptual account of symbolic reasoning. Frontiers in Psychology 5(275): doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00275.

  • Zednik, C. (2014). Are Systems Neuroscience Explanations Mechanistic? Preprint volume for Philosophy Science Association 24th Biennial Meeting (pp. 954-975). Chicago, IL: Philosophy of Science Association.

  • Zednik, C. & Jäkel, F. (2014). How does Bayesian reverse-engineering work? In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 666-671). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Zednik, C. (2011). The Nature of Dynamical Explanation. Philosophy of Science 78(2): 238-263.

  • Spivey, M., Richardson, D. & Zednik, C. (2010). Language is spatial, not special: Using space for language and memory. In L. Smith, K. Mix, & M. Gasser (Eds.), Spatial Foundations of Cognition and Language (pp. 16-40). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Zednik, C. (2009). The Varieties of Dynamicism. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2298-2303). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Zednik, C. (2008). Dynamical Models & Mechanistic Explanations. In B.C. Love, K. McRae, & V.M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1454-1459). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.