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Neurophilosophy at Work

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In this collection of essays, Paul Churchaland explores the uinfloding impact of the several empirical sciences of the mind, especially cognitive neurobiology and computational neuroscience on a variety of traditional issues central to the discipline of philosophy. Representing Churchland's most recent research, they continue his reseach program, launched over thirty years ago, and which has evolved into the field of neurophilosophy.

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Overview

In this collection of essays, Paul Churchaland explores the uinfloding impact of the several empirical sciences of the mind, especially cognitive neurobiology and computational neuroscience on a variety of traditional issues central to the discipline of philosophy. Representing Churchland's most recent research, they continue his reseach program, launched over thirty years ago, and which has evolved into the field of neurophilosophy.

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"I recommend this book to those beginning their work in the philosophy of mind, or to those who, though experienced philosophers of mind, are ready to revisit Churchland's neurophilosophy." —Andrew Fenton, Dalhousie University: Philosophy in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521864725
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Paul Churchland holds the Valtz Chair of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. One of the most distinguished philosophers at work today, he has received fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Canada Council, and the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. A former president of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), he is editor and author of many articles and books, most recently The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul and On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997 (with Patricia Churchland).

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Table of Contents

1. Catching consciousness in a recurrent network; 2. Functionalism at forty: a critical perspective; 3. Toward a cognitive neurobiology of the moral virtues; 4. Rules, know-how, and the future of moral cognition; 5. Science, religion, and American educational policy; 6. What happens to reliabilism when it is liberated from the propositional attitudes; 7. On the nature of intelligence: Turing, Church, von Neumann, and the brain; 8. Neurosemantics: on the mapping of minds and the portrayal of worlds; 9. Chimerical colors: some phenomenological predictions from cognitive neuroscience; 10. On the reality (and diversity) of objective colors; 11. Into the brain: where philosophy should go from here.

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