By Cameron Shelley

A a number of analogy is a based comparability within which a number of resources are likened to a goal. In "Multiple analogies in technological know-how and philosophy", Shelley offers an intensive account of the cognitive representations and techniques that perform a number of analogy formation. via research of actual examples taken from the fields of evolutionary biology, archaeology, and Plato's "Republic", Shelley argues that a number of analogies should not easily concatenated unmarried analogies yet are as an alternative the overall kind of analogical inference, of which unmarried analogies are a distinct case. the result's a really common cognitive version of analogical inference. Shelley additionally exhibits how a cognitive account of a number of analogies addresses vital philosophical concerns comparable to the arrogance that one can have in an analogical rationalization, and the function of analogy in technology and philosophy. This e-book lucidly demonstrates that vital questions concerning analogical inference can't be spoke back effectively by way of attention of unmarried analogies by myself.

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Biologists who use it seem to prefer it to doing nothing about problematical mappings. However, supplementation appears to create a sort of chimaera, a fictitious creature possessing a mixture of the properties of known animals. 4, for example, seems to involve a comparison between the Coelacanth and a part-newt, part-shark creature. 20 (1141-1204) Chapter 2 of support for an inference based on such an analogy. Perhaps the best response to this dilemma is that of Padian (1991: 151), who defends supplementation as a means of overcoming arbitrary, historical limitations encountered in constructing some evolutionary analogies: Not all possible structures or adaptive forms that ever existed are still extant, including transitional evolutionary forms.

16 (932-986) Chapter 2 pate. These processes include establishing structural consistency in the presence of multiple mappings, corroboration of multiple analogies from other sources including other multiple analogies, the use of abstraction and exemplification to select and construct multiple source analogs, supplementation of one source analog by another, and disanalogy and extension as motives for the introduction of further source analogs. 3). In this multiple analogy, each predicate in the target conceptual structure is mapped to two predicates in the source.

Multiple analogies may arise through a process of extension for the purpose of satisfying the “help your friends” half of this mode of conduct. The nature of the multiple analogies explored in this chapter also raises technical issues for theories of analogy such as the MT. In particular, multiple analogies call for clarification of the constraint of structural consistency. The structural consistency condition, specifically the requirement for one-to-one mappings, may be restated to allow for the processing of several source analogs in serial or parallel fashion.

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