Scientific Realism and the Plasticity of Mind

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 14, 1986 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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A study in the philosophy of science, proposing a strong form of the doctrine of scientific realism' and developing its implications for issues in the philosophy of mind.
  

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Churchland was Sellars student at Pitt, in this short book, Churchland lays out his views on philosophy of mind, folk psychology, eliminativism, etc. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The plasticity of perception
7
3 The conceptual exploitation of sensory information
14
4 The expansion of perceptual consciousness
25
5 The argument from measuring instruments
36
6 Some consequences
41
The plasticity of understanding
46
8 Meaning and understanding
54
a preliminary look
95
14 The incongruent nature of the Ptheory
100
15 The mindbody problem
107
16 The expansion of introspective consciousness
116
Sentential epistemologies and the natural science of epistemic engines
121
18 The sentential kinematics of orthodox epistemology
125
the problem of the early stages
127
farther considerations
137

some competing views
63
10 Communication and commensurability
75
11 Intertheoretic reduction and conceptual progress
80
Our selfconception and the mindbody problem
89
21 Other horizons
142
Bibliography
152
Index
155
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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.

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