Matter and Consciousness

ISBN-10: 0262519585
ISBN-13: 9780262519588
Edition: 3rd 2013
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland presents a conciseand contemporary overview of the philosophical issues surrounding the mind and explains the maintheories and philosophical positions that have been proposed to solve them. Making the case for therelevance of theoretical and experimental results in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificialintelligence for the philosophy of mind, Churchland reviews current developments in the cognitivesciences and offers a clear and accessible account of the connections to philosophy ofmind.For this third edition, the text has been updated and revised throughout.The changes range from references to the iPhone's "Siri" to expanded discussions of thework of such contemporary philosophers as David Chalmers, John Searle, and Thomas Nagel. Churchlanddescribes new research in evolution, genetics, and visual neuroscience, among other areas, arguingthat the philosophical significance of these new findings lies in the support they tend to give tothe reductive and eliminative versions of materialism. Matter andConsciousness, written by the most distinguished theorist and commentator in the field,offers an authoritative summary and sourcebook for issues in philosophy of mind. It is suitable foruse as an introductory undergraduate text.

Paul M. Churchland is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul, Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (both published by the MIT Press), and other books.

Preface to the 2013 Edition
Preface to the 1988 Edition
Preface to the 1984 Edition
What Is This Book About?
The Ontological Problem (the Mind-Body Problem)
Dualism
Philosophical Behaviorism
Reductive Materialism (the Identity Theory)
Functionalism
Eliminative Materialism
The Semantical Problem
Definition by Inner Ostension
Philosophical Behaviorism
The Theoretical Network Thesis and Folk Psychology
Intentionality and the Propositional Attitudes
The Epistemological Problem
The Problem of Other Minds
The Problem of Self-Consciousness
The Methodological Problem
Idealism and Phenomenology
Methodological Behaviorism
The Cognitive/Computational Approach
Methodological Materialism
Artificial Intelligence
Computers: Some Elementary Concepts
Programming Intelligence: The Piecemeal Approach
Neuroscience
Neuroanatomy: The Evolutionary Background
Neurophysiology and Neural Organization
Neuropsychology
Cognitive Neurobiology
Al Again: Computer Models of Parallel Distributed Processing
Expanding Our Perspective
The Distribution of Intelligence in the Universe
The Expansion of Introspective Consciousness
Index

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