Bridging the Gap

Where Cognitive Science Meets Literary Criticism

A special issue edited by Stefano Franchi and Güven Güzeldere
Volume 4, issue 1 of the Stanford Humanities Review

The issue features a target article,

Literary Criticism: A Cognitive Approach

by Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon,

 along with peer commentaries, and also includes Simon's reply to the commentaries.

To move through the roundtable, you can click on a title to see the article, or on a name to see biographical data for the writer. There is a line at the end of each article that will return you to this page, or you can click on the left-pointing arrow in the upper left of the window (if your browser should happen to have such a window). Each file also contains buttons to move you back and forth through the issue, to bring you back to this page, or to allow you to send comments to the editors.

 You might begin with the editors' preface or take a look at their introduction.

To see a collected list of works cited by the commentators, look here.

List of Commentators, with affiliations and short biographical notes.

Frederick Adams, English - Central Michigan University:
"Simon Says".
Varol Akman, Computer Engineering. - Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey:
Ripping the Text Apart at Different Seams.
Kathleen Biddick, Center for Cultural Studies- UC Santa Cruz:
Imperial Machines/Jubilee Machines.
Fred Bookstein & James Winn, Institute for the Humanities - University of Michigan:
Rhetoric of Evidence Among Cognitive Scientists and Critics.
Jaap van Brakel, Philosophy - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands:
The Meanings of Meaning.
Don Byrd, English - SUNY Albany:
Simon's Literary Criticism: A Response.
Bliss Carnochan, English, Stanford University:
Response to Simon.
Gregory Currie, Philosophy - Flinders University, AU:
Cognitive Development and Literary Meaning.
Hubert Dreyfus, Philosophy - UC Berkeley:
Simon's Simple Solutions.
John Dupré & Regenia Gagnier, English and Philosophy - Stanford University:
Not in Our Brains.
Richard Eldridge, Philosophy - Swarthmore College:
What is Called Thinking.
Robert P. Harrison, French and Italian - Stanford University:
Response to Herbert Simon.
Katherine Hayles, Humanities Research Institute -- UCLA:
The Embodiment of Meaning.
Norman Holland, English - University of Florida:
Paul Johnston, English - SUNY Plattsburgh:
A Response.
Suvir Kaul, English - Stanford University:
A Polemical Response.
Reinhard Keil-Slawik, Computer Science - H. Nixdorf Institute, Germany:
Cognitive Imperialism.
Kevin Korb, Computer Science - Monash University, AU:
The Meaning of 'Meaning'.
Maurizio Matteuzzi, Philosophy - University of Bologna, Italy:
Some Remarks.
David Miall, English - University of Alberta, CA:
Paul Miers, English - Towson State University:
A Response.
Janet Murray, Technology & the Humanities Lab. - MIT:
Adriano Palma, Philosophy -  University, Istanbul, Turkey:
Mukesh Patel, Computer Science - Istituto Politecnico, Milano, Italy:
Jean Petitot, Mathematics/Semiotics - Ecole des Hautes Etudes and CREA, Paris, France:
Brian Rotman, Mathematics - (Freelance) Tennessee:
Ronald Schleifer, English - University of Oklahoma:
Brian Smith, Philosophy, Stanford University / Xerox PARC:
Inside Out.
Mark Turner, English - University of Maryland:
Stefano Velotti, French and Italian, Yale:
Richard Vinograd, Art - Stanford University:
Is There a Mind in the Text?.
Helga Wild, Neuropsychology - IRL, Palo Alto:
Arti(fact) and Arti(fiction).
Sylvia Wynter, Spanish and Portuguese - Stanford University:
But What Does 'Wonder' Do? Meanings, Canons Too?