Neurophilosophy at Work

Neurophilosophy at Work

by Paul Churchland
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Cambridge University Press

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Neurophilosophy at Work

In this collection of essays, Paul Churchland explores the unfolding 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 investigations, they continue his research program, launched more than thirty years ago, which has evolved into the field of neurophilosophy. Topics such as the nature of consciousness, the nature of cognition and intelligence, the nature of moral knowledge and moral reasoning, neurosemantics or "world representation" in the brain, the nature of our subjective sensory qualia and their relation to objective science, and the future of philosophy itself are here addressed in a lively, graphical, and accessible manner. Throughout the volume, Churchland's view that science is as important as philosophy is emphasized. Several of the colored figures in the volume will allow readers to perform some novel phenomenological experiments on their own visual system.

About the Author:
Paul Churchland holds the Valtz Chair of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521692007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Provenances     xi
Catching Consciousness in a Recurrent Net     1
Functionalism at Forty: A Critical Retrospective     18
Toward a Cognitive Neurobiology of the Moral Virtues     37
Rules, Know-How, and the Future of Moral Cognition     61
Science, Religion, and American Educational Policy     75
What Happens to Reliabilism When It Is Liberated from the Propositional Attitudes?     88
On the Nature of Intelligence: Turing, Church, von Neumann, and the Brain     113
Neurosemantics: On the Mapping of Minds and the Portrayal of Worlds     126
Chimerical Colors: Some Phenomenological Predictions from Cognitive Neuroscience     161
On the Reality (and Diversity) of Objective Colors: How Color-Qualia Space Is a Map of Reflectance-Profile Space     198
Into the Brain: Where Philosophy Should Go from Here     232
Bibliography     239
Index     247

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