Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-brain

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MIT Press, 1989 - Medical - 546 pages
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Five chapters in the book's first part, "Some Elementary Neuroscience," sketch the history of the science of nervous systems and provide a general introduction to neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropsychology. In the second part, "Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science," chapters place the mind-body problem within the wider context of the philosophy of science. Drawing on recent research in this area, a general account of intertheoretic reduction is explained, arguments for a reductionist strategy are developed, and traditional objections from dualists and other anti reductionists are answered in novel ways. The third part, "A Neurophilosophical Perspective," concludes the book with a presentation and discussion of some of the most promising theoretical developments currently under exploration in functional neurobiology and in the connectionist models within artificial intelligence research.

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This profound, exhaustive, and well-written scholarly work is an excellent introduction to neuroscience from a philosopher's point of view. It traces the history of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and ... Read full review

Contents

General Introduction
1
Chapter
4
Chapter
13
Chapter 2
35
Chapter 3
99
Early Work
147
Chapter 5
171
Chapter 6
239
Chapter 7
277
Chapter 8
315
Functionalist Psychology
349
Chapter 10
403
Chapter 11
481
Bibliography
491
Index
525
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Patricia Smith Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego

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