On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997

On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997

by Paul M. Churchland, Patricia Smith Churchland
     
 

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 in this book present the Churchlands' critical responses to a variety of philosophical positions advanced by some two dozen contemporary philosophical…  See more details below

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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 in this book present the Churchlands' critical responses to a variety of philosophical positions advanced by some two dozen contemporary philosophical theorists.

Editorial Reviews

Terrence J. Sejnowski
These provocative essays by the Churchlands herald the impact that advances in our understanding of the brain are having on science, society, and who we imagine ourselves to be. -- Terrence J. Sejnowski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262032544
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/04/1998
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Terrence J. Sejnowski
These provocative essays by the Churchlands herald the impact that advances in our understanding of the brain are having on science, society, and who we imagine ourselves to be.

Tim van Gelder
Paul Feyerabend once wrote, 'the hardest task needs the lightest hand.' The Churchlands have the light hand, and put it to good use in On the Contrary. Ranging over some of the most controversial topics of the past decade, the book illustrates and elaborates their influential perspective on mind,knowledge, and science. It is written in the familiar Churchland style-feisty, but always gracious; fast-moving but without superficiality; ambitious, and yet modest.

Meet the Author

Paul M. Churchland is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul, Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (both published by the MIT Press),and other books.

Patricia Smith Churchland is UC President's Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute.

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