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Boundaries of the Mind: The Individual in the Fragile Sciences - Cognition / Edition 1
     

Boundaries of the Mind: The Individual in the Fragile Sciences - Cognition / Edition 1

by Robert A. Wilson
 

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ISBN-10: 0521544947

ISBN-13: 9780521544948

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this provocative study Wilson (cognitive science, U. of Alberta) takes on the question of whether the mind should be understood in individualist or externalist terms. In discussions about the origin of psychology, contemporary views of computation, mental representation, consciousness, metaphysics of the mind, and group minds, Wilson asserts that the mind extends

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In this provocative study Wilson (cognitive science, U. of Alberta) takes on the question of whether the mind should be understood in individualist or externalist terms. In discussions about the origin of psychology, contemporary views of computation, mental representation, consciousness, metaphysics of the mind, and group minds, Wilson asserts that the mind extends beyond the individual. He places his argument in the context of the cognitive, biological, and social sciences, which he names the "fragile sciences." A companion volume Genes and the Agents of Life explores the same theme in biological sciences. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521544948
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Disciplining the Individual and the Mind: 1. The individual in the fragile sciences; 2. Individuals, psychology and the mind; 3. Nativism on my mind; Part II. Individualism and Externalism in the Philosophy of Mind and the Cognitive Sciences: 4. Individualism: philosophical foundations; 5. Metaphysics, mind and science: two views of realization; 6. Context-sensitive realizations; 7. Representation, computation and cognitive science; Part III. Thinking through and beyond the Body: 8. The embedded mind and cognition; 9. Expanding consciousness; 10. Intentionality and phenomenology; Part IV. The Cognitive Metaphor in the Biological and Social Sciences: 11. Group minds in historical perspective; 12. The group mind hypothesis in contemporary biology and social science; Notes; References; Index.

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