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Philosophy and the Neurosciences A Reader

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ISBN-10: 0631210458

ISBN-13: 9780631210450

Edition: 2001

Authors: William Bechtel, Pete Mandik, Jennifer Mundale, Robert Stufflebeam

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Philosophy and the Neurosciences is the first systematic integration of philosophy of mind and philosophy of science with neuroscience research. As philosophers have come to focus more and more on the relationship between mind and brain, they have had to take greater account of theory and research in the neurosciences. Likewise, as neuroscientists have learned more about cognitive structures and functions, their investigations have expanded and merged with traditional questions from the philosophy of mind.By introducing key themes in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and the fundamental concepts of neuroscience, this text provides philosophers with the necessary background to engage the neurosciences and offers neuroscientists an introduction to the relevant tools of philosophical analysis. Study questions, figures, and references to further reading are provided in each chapter to enhance the reader's understanding of how philosophy and the neurosciences are related in their exploration of the human mind.
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Book details

List price: $75.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgements
Neurophilosophical Foundations
Introduction to Part I: Neurophilosophical Foundations
Philosophy Meets the Neurosciences
Brain Metaphor and Brain Theory
Neuroanatomical Foundations for Cognition: The Neuron Doctrine and Brain Mapping
Epistemic Issues in Procuring Evidence About the Brain: The Importance of Research Instruments and Techniques
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Neurophilosophical Foundations
Language
Introduction to Part II: Language
Remarks on the Seat of the Faculty of Articulate Language Followed by an Observation of Aphemia
Recent Works on Aphasia
The Processing of Single Words Studied with Positron Emission Tomography
Modularity, Domain Specificity and the Development of Language
Linking Cognition and Brain: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Language
Vision
Introduction to Part III: Vision
Brain Mechanisms of Vision
Object Vision and Spatial Vision: Two Cortical Pathways
Neural Mechanisms of Form and Motion Processing in the Primate Visual System
Decomposing and Localizing Vision: An Exemplar for Cognitive Neuroscience
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Vision
Consciousness
Introduction to Part IV: Consciousness
Consciousness and Neuroscience
A Neurofunctional Theory of Visual Consciousness
The Nature of Pain
The Neurobiology and Philosophy of Subjectivity
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Consciousness
Representation
Introduction to Part V: Representation
Representations: From Neural Systems to Cognitive Systems
The Architecture of Representation
Of Sensory Systems and the 'Aboutness' of Mental States
Brain Matters: A Case Against Representations in the Brain
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Representation
Reduction
Introduction to Part VI: Reduction
Intertheoretic Reduction: A Neuroscientist's Field Guide
Explanatory Pluralism and the Co-Evolution of Theories of Science
McCauley's Demand for a Co-Level Competitor
Questions for Further Study and Reflection Concerning Reduction