Paul Churchland

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For over three decades, Paul Churchland has been a provocative and controversial philosopher of science. He is most famous as an advocate of "eliminative materialism," whereby he suggests that our commonsense understanding of our own minds is radically defective and that the science of brain demonstrates this (just as an understanding of physics reveals that our commonsense understanding of a flat and motionless earth is similarly false). This collection offers an introduction to Churchland's work, as well as a ...
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Overview

For over three decades, Paul Churchland has been a provocative and controversial philosopher of science. He is most famous as an advocate of "eliminative materialism," whereby he suggests that our commonsense understanding of our own minds is radically defective and that the science of brain demonstrates this (just as an understanding of physics reveals that our commonsense understanding of a flat and motionless earth is similarly false). This collection offers an introduction to Churchland's work, as well as a critique of some of his most famous philosophical positions. Including contributions by both established and promising young philosophers, it is intended to complement the growing literature on Churchland, focusing on his contributions in isolation from those of his wife and philosophical partner, Patricia Churchland, as well as on his contributions to philosophy as distinguished from those to Cognitive Science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521537155
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian L. Keeley is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Mental Health, the McDonnell Project for Philosophy and the Neurosciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has published in the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Pyschology, Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy and Brain and Mind.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction : becoming Paul M. Churchland (1942-) 1
2 Arguing for eliminativism 32
3 The introspectibility of brain states as such 66
4 Empiricism and state space semantics 88
5 Churchland on connectionism 113
6 Reduction as cognitive strategy 154
7 The unexpected realist 175
8 Two steps closer on consciousness 193
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