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Overview

Philosophy of Psychology: Contemporary Readings is a comprehensive anthology that includes classic and contemporary readings from leading philosophers. Addressing in depth the major topics within philosophy of psychology, the editor has carefully selected articles under the following headings:

  • pictures of the mind
  • commonsense psychology
  • representation and cognitive architecture.

Articles by the following philosophers are included: Blackburn, Churchland, Clark, Cummins, Dennett, Davidson, Fodor, Kitcher, Lewis, Lycan, McDowell, McLeod, Rey,
Segal, Stich.

Each section includes a helpful introduction by the editor which aims to guide the student gently into the topic. The book is highly accessible and provides a broad-ranging exploration of the subject, including discussion of the leading philosophers in the field. Ideal for any student of philosophy of psychology or philosophy of mind.

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'This is not metaphysics passed off as science. This is not psychology posing as philosophy. This really is a book about the philosophical problems encountered in psychology. Bermudez has found a highly enlightening way to taxonomize the issues, and he has put together a unique collection of papers illustrating the various types. The disagreements stand out clearly, so that students and their teachers alike will be provoked into taking sides.' - Christopher Gauker, University of Cincinnati, USA

'This is a cleverly constructed reader that contains essential work from the most important philosophers of psychology of the last three decades. It is the ideal core reader for any course on the philosophy of psychology.' - Tony Stone, London South Bank University, UK

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Pictures of the Mind     1
Introduction     3
Further Reading     13
The Autonomous Mind     15
"Personal and Sub-personal Levels of Explanation"     17
"Psychology as Philosophy"     22
"Physicalist Thinking and Conceptions of Behaviour"     31
The Functional Mind     49
"Reduction of Mind"     51
"Functionalism, Information and Content"     64
"'How Does It Work?' versus 'What Are the Laws?': Two Conceptions of Psychological Explanation"     90
The Representational Mind     99
"The Language of Thought: First Approximations"     101
"A Not 'Merely Empirical' Argument for a Language of Thought"     127
The Neurocomputational Mind     149
"Neural Representation and Neural Computation"     151
"The Attraction of Parallel Distributed Processing for Modelling Cognition"     182
Commonsense Psychology     203
Introduction     205
Further Reading     213
Commonsense Psychology and Explaining Behavior     215
"The Persistence of the Attitudes"     217
"Autonomous Psychology and the Belief-Desire Thesis"     242
Commonsense Psychology and Mental Representation     261
"Connectionism, Eliminativism and the Future of Folk Psychology"     263
"Real Patterns"     288
The Machinery of Commonsense Psychology: Theory or Simulation?     311
"Folk Psychology and the Explanation of Human Behavior"     313
"Interpretation Psychologized"     327
"Simulation Without Introspection or Inference from Me to You"     352
Representation and Cognitive Architecture     367
Introduction     369
Further Reading     380
Cognition as Computation     383
"Vision"     385
"Computer Science as Empirical Enquiry: Symbols and Search"     407
"Cognitive Wheels: The Frame Problem of AI"     433
Non-Classical Cognitive Architecture     455
"Levels of Description in Nonclassical Cognitive Science"     457
"Compositionality: A Connectionist Variation on a Classical Theme"     482
Conceptions of Modularity     511
"Precis of The Modularity of Mind"     513
"How to Think about the Modularity of Mind-reading"     524
"Origins of Domain Specificity: The Evolution of Functional Organization"     539
Tacit Knowledge     557
"Beliefs and Subdoxastic States"     559
"Semantic Theory and Tacit Knowledge"     577
Thinking and Language     593
"Language, Thought, and Communication"     595
"The Cognitive Functions of Language"     611
"Language and Thinking about Thoughts"     644
Index     663
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