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There is an apparent anomaly in the notion that connectionism, which is fundamentally a new technology, has considerable philosophical significance. Nonetheless, connectionism has been widely viewed as having implications for symbol grounding, notions of structured representation and compositionality, as well as the issue of nativism. In this paper, we consider each of these issues in detail, and find that the current state of connectionism does not warrant the magnitude of many of thedoi:10.1080/09540099208946617 fatcat:qsmdbbzkenb57b65mp3yiw6ete