On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997 / Edition 1

On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997 / Edition 1

by Paul M. Churchland, Patricia Smith Churchland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262531658

ISBN-13: 9780262531658

Pub. Date: 06/18/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

Paul M. and Patricia S. Churchland are towering figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness. This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticism of one's professional colleagues. The essays present the Churchlands' critical

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Paul M. and Patricia S. Churchland are towering figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness. This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticism of one's professional colleagues. The essays present the Churchlands' critical responses to a variety of philosophical positions advanced by some two dozen philosophical theorists. The book is divided into three parts: part I, Folk Psychology and Eliminative Materialism; part II, Meaning, Qualia, and Emotion: The Several Dimensions of Consciousness; and part III, the Philosophy of Science. V. S. Ramachandran and Rick Grush are coauthors on two of the essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262531658
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/18/1999
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
I Folk Psychology and Eliminative Materialism
1 Folk Psychology
Paul M. Churchland
2 Theory, Taxonomy, and Methodology: A Reply to
Haldane's "Understanding Folk"
Paul M. Churchland
3 Evaluating Our Self-Conception
Paul M. Churchland
4 Activation Vectors vs. Propositional Attitudes: How
the Brain Represents Reality
Paul M. Churchland
II Meaning, Qualia, and Emotion: The Several Dimensions of
Consciousness
5 Could a Machine Think?
Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland
6 Intertheoretic Reduction: A Neuroscientist's Field
Guide
Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland
7 Conceptual Similarity Across Sensory and Neural
Diversity: The Fodor-Lepore Challenge Answered
Paul M. Churchland
8 Betty Crocker's Theory of Consciousness
Paul M. Churchland
9 The Rediscovery of Light
Paul M. Churchland
10 Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson
Paul M. Churchland
11 Recent Work on Consciousness: Philosophical,
Theoretical, and Empirical
Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland
12 Filling In: Why Dennett Is Wrong
Patricia S. Churchland and V. S. Ramachandran
13 Gaps in Penrose's Toilings
Rick Grush and Patricia S. Churchland
14 Feeling Reasons
Patricia S. Churchland
III The Philosophy of Science
15 A Deeper Unity: Some Feyerabendian Themes in
Neurocomputational Form
Paul M. Churchland
16 Reply to Glymour
Paul M. Churchland
17 To Transform the Phenomena: Feyerabend,
Proliferation, and Recurrent Neural Networks
Paul M. Churchland
18 How Parapsychology Could Become a Science
Paul M. Churchland
Notes
References
Index

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