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Matter and Consciousness A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

ISBN-10: 0262530740
ISBN-13: 9780262530743
Edition: 2nd 1988 (Revised)
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Description: In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland clearly presents the advantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism, reductive materialism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. This new edition  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/22/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland clearly presents the advantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism, reductive materialism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. This new edition incorporates the striking developments that have taken place in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence and notes their expanding relevance to philosophical issues. Churchland organizes and clarifies the new theoretical and experimental results of the natural sciences for a wider philosophical audience, observing that this research bears directly on questions concerning the basic elements of cognitive activity and their implementation in real physical systems. (How is it, he asks, that living creatures perform some cognitive tasks so swiftly and easily, where computers do them only badly or not at all?) Most significant for philosophy, Churchland asserts, is the support these results tend to give to the reductive and the eliminative versions of materialism. Paul M. Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. A Bradford Book.

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