One of the most fruitful interdisciplinary boundaries in contemporary scholarship is that between philosophy and cognitive science. Now that solid empirical results about the activities of the human mind are available, it is no longer necessary for philosophers to practice armchair psychology.In this short, accessible, and entertaining book, Alvin Goldman presents a masterly survey of recent work in cognitive science that has particular relevance to philosophy. Besides providing a valuable review of the most suggestive work in cognitive and social psychology, Goldman demonstrates conclusively that the best work in philosophy in a surprising number of different fieldsincluding philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics as well as philosophy of mindmust take into account empirical breakthroughs in psychology.One of those rare texts that will also be useful for professionals, Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science is appropriate for students in a wide range of philosophy courses. It will also interest researchers and students in psychology who are intrigued by the wider theoretical implications of their work.
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About the Author
Alvin I. Goldman is professor of philosophy and research scientist in cognitive science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of A Theory of Human Action, Epistemology and Cognition, and Liaisons: Philosophy Meets the Cognitive and Social Sciences as well as many articles on philosophy and cognitive science.