Churchlands and their Critics

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The influence of Patricia Churchland and Paul Churchland on contemporary philosophy and cognitive science is profound and controversial. That influence is not a function of mere philosophical fashion but, rather, of their work's ground-breaking significance. By challenging so many prevailing doctrines concerning the nature of mind, knowledge, science, and language, the Churchlands occupy a uniquely controversial position at the center of current debate.

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Overview

The influence of Patricia Churchland and Paul Churchland on contemporary philosophy and cognitive science is profound and controversial. That influence is not a function of mere philosophical fashion but, rather, of their work's ground-breaking significance. By challenging so many prevailing doctrines concerning the nature of mind, knowledge, science, and language, the Churchlands occupy a uniquely controversial position at the center of current debate.

In this collection leading figures from philosophy, cognitive psychology, and the neurosciences examine, explain, and explore the Churchlands' work. This is then followed by extensive and detailed responses to each of the articles from the Churchlands.

The Churchlands and their Critics is essential to anyone with an interest in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

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Paul Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. H is the author of Science Realism and the Plasticity of Mind (1979). Matter and Consciousness (1988), A Neurocomputational Perspective (1989), and The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul (1995).

Patricia Churchland is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Salk Institute. She is the author of Neurophilosophy (1986) and (with T.J. Sejnowski) The Computational Brain (1992).

Robert N. McCauley is Massee-Martin/NEH Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Anthropology at Emery University. He has published numerous articles and reviews in Epistemology and the philosophies of science, social science, and psychology. He is the author (with E. Thomas Lawson) of Rethinking Religion (1990).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Explanatory Pluralism and the Co-evolution of Theories in Science 17
2 From Neurophilosophy to Neurocomputation: Searching for the Cognitive Forest 48
3 Dealing in Futures: Folk Psychology and the Role of Representations in Cognitive Science 86
4 Paul Churchland's PDP Approach to Explanation 104
5 What Should a Connectionist Philosophy of Science Look Like? 121
6 Paul Churchland and State Space Semantics 145
Reply to Churchland 159
7 Images and Subjectivity: Neurobiological Trials and Tribulations 163
8 The Furniture of Mind: A Yard of Hope, a Ton of Terror? 176
9 The Moral Network 192
10 McCauley's Demand for a Co-level Competitor 222
11 Connectionism as Psychology 232
12 Kitcher's Empirical Challenge: Has There Been Progress in Neurophilosophy 239
13 Clark's Connectionist Defense of Folk Psychology 250
14 On the Nature of Explanation: William Lycan 257
15 Bechtel on the Proper Form of a Connectionist Philosophy of Science 265
16 Fodor and Lepore: State-Space Semantics and Meaning Holism 272
17 Second Reply to Fodor and Lepore 278
18 Neuropsychology and Brain Organization: The Damasios 285
19 Conceptual Analysis and Neuropsychology: John Marshall and Jennifer Gurd 290
20 Do We Propose to Eliminate Consciousness? 297
21 Flanagan on Moral Knowledge 302
Index 311
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