Neurophilosophy - Towards a Unified Science of the Mind/Brain
Churchland (Patricia)
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  1. Five chapters in the book's first part, "Some Elementary Neuroscience," sketch the history of the science of nervous systems and provide a general introduction to neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropsychology. In the second part, "Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science," four chapters place the mind-body problem within the wider context of the philosophy of science. Drawing on recent research in this area, a general account of inter-theoretic reduction is explained, arguments for a reductionist strategy are developed, and traditional objections from dualists and other antireductionists are answered in novel ways. The third part, "A Neurophilosophical Perspective," concludes the book with a presentation and discussion of some of the most promising theoretical developments currently under exploration in functional neurobiology and in the connectionist models within artificial intelligence1 research.
  2. Neurophilosophy is a pioneering work. As our understanding of the brain develops, philosophers will need to know more about its structure and the function of its parts, while neuroscientists will increasingly confront philosophical issues. This perceptive, lively and informative book combines both approaches in an up-to-date and very readable manner.
    F. H. C. Crick, The Salk Institute
  3. Neurophilosophy is exactly the introduction to the neurosciences that philosophers need, and exactly the introduction to philosophy of mind that neuroscientists need, and only someone who knew both fields very well could write it. This is a unique book. It is excellently written, crammed with information, wise, and a pleasure to read.
    Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University
  4. The book represents a unique synthesis of neurobiology in a philosophical context, put in truly exquisite language that is easy to read. A definite must for philosophers interested in neuroscience and for neuroscientists interested in the philosophical issues of their fields.
    Rodolfo Llinas, Chairman, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, New York Medical Center
  5. While many people in cognitive science are beginning to look at relations among pairs of related disciplines, Patricia Churchland's book is the best yet at elucidating the key issues that underlie the enterprise.
    Jerome A. Feldman, University of Rochester
  6. Patricia Churchland is Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego.
    Preface – ix
    General Introduction – 1
    PART I: Some Elementary Neuroscience
  1. The Science of Nervous Systems: A Historical Sketch – 13
  2. Modern Theory of Neurons – 35
  3. Functional Neuroanatomy – 99
  4. Higher Functions: Early Work – 147
  5. Higher Functions: Neuropsychology and Neurology – 171
    PART II: Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science
  6. Introduction and Historical Sketch – 239
  7. Reduction and the Mind-Body Problem – 277
  8. Are Mental States Irreducible to Neurobiological States? – 315
  9. Functionalist Psychology – 349
    PART III: A Neurophilosophical Perspective
  10. Theories of Brain Function – 403
  11. Closing Remarks – 481
    Notes – 483
    Bibliography – 491
    Index – 525


Bradford Books, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, third printing, 1988

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