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Neurophilosophy : Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain - Patricia S. Churchland

Neurophilosophy

Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain

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Honorable Mention in the category of Psychology in the 1986 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. "Neurophilosophy" is a rich interdisciplinary study of the prospects for a unified cognitive neurobiology. Contemporary research in the empirical neurosciences, and recent research in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science, are used to illuminate fundamental questions concerning the relation between abstract cognitive theory and substantive neuroscience. Patricia Smith Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. A Bradford Book.

"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 "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 "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 underly the enterprise." Jerome A. Feldman , University of Rochester "Churchland writes with the authority of an insider." Philip Kitcher , Nature "Churchland's approach is... refreshing, and it is well carried out... I am going to use Neurophilosophy as the textbook in my graduate course in cognitive neuropsychology. For anyone interested in the 'real' CNS, this volume is by far the best that has come out of cognitive science." Karl H. Pribram , Contemporary Psycholoqy "Neurophilosophy is a pioneering work. As our understanding of the brain develops, philosophers will need to know more about the function of its parts, while neuroscientists will increasingly confront philosophical issues. This perceptive, lively and informative book combines both approaches in ail up to date and very readable manner. " F.H.C. Crick , The Salk Institute

Preface
General Introduction
Some Elementary Neuroscience
The Science of Nervous Systems: A Historical Sketch
Modern Theory of Neurons
Functional Neuroanatomy
Higher Functions: Early Work
Higher Functions: Neuropsychology and Neurology
Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science
Introduction and Historical Sketch
Reduction and the Mind-Body Problem
Are Mental States Irreducible to Neurobiological States?
Functional Psychology
A Neurophilosophical Perspective
Theories of Brain Function
Closing Remarks
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780262530859
ISBN-10: 0262530856
Series: Neurophilosophy
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 1st January 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 16.3  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.83