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Philosophy of Psychology : A Contemporary Introduction - Jose Luis Bermudez

Philosophy of Psychology

A Contemporary Introduction

Paperback Published: 2nd February 1995
ISBN: 9780415275958
Number Of Pages: 377

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JosA(c) Luis BermAdez introduces the philosophy of psychology as an interdisciplinary exploration of the nature and mechanisms of cognition. Philosophy of Psychology charts out four influential 'pictures of the mind' and uses them to explore central topics in the philosophical foundations of psychology, including the relation between different levels of studying the mind/brain; the nature and scope of psychological explanation; the architecture of cognition; and the relation between thought and language.

Chapters cover all the core concepts, including:

  • models of psychological explanation
  • the nature of commonsense psychology
  • arguments for the autonomy of psychology
  • functionalist approaches to cognition
  • computational models of the mind
  • neural network modeling
  • rationality and mental causation
  • perception, action and cognition
  • the language of thought and the architecture of cognition.

Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction is a very clear and well-structured textbook from one of the leaders in the field.

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'As an advanced introductory text, this book has much to recommend it to undergraduate and graduate philosophy students: as being clearly and engagingly written and...strking an excellent balance between exegesis and criticism...Essential reading for anyone with at least a little background in philosophy of psychology and wishes to learn more.' - Richard de Blacquiere-Clarkson, Metapsychology On Line

'a great feat...chock full of examples from contemporary research, and beginners are brought to advanced discussion of contemporary thinking about cognition. Beginning philosophers, and serious researchers in philosophy and allied fields will profit from it."

Krista Lawlor, Philosophical Books

'An outstanding introductory text in philosophy of psychology that lends itself readily to use in a variety of courses. It will, in addition, constitute an independent, substantive contribution to philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind.' - David Rosenthal, City University of New York, USA

'Philosophers of psychology and philosophically minded psychologists are in need of just this kind of introductory book. I would recommend this material both for pedagogy and as a place for scholars to turn to for a refresher.' - Joe Cruz, Williams College, USA

List of illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
What is the philosophy of psychology?p. 1
What counts as psychology?p. 2
Historical backgroundp. 3
Psychological concepts and the philosophy of psychologyp. 6
Philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mindp. 13
Levels of psychological explanation and the interface problemp. 16
Explanation at different levelsp. 17
Personal and subpersonal levels of explanationp. 27
Horizontal explanation, vertical explanation and commonsense psychologyp. 31
The interface problem and four pictures of the mindp. 35
The nature of commonsense psychology: the autonomous mind and the functional mindp. 40
The autonomous mind and commonsense psychologyp. 41
The autonomous mind and the interface problemp. 44
The functional mindp. 52
Philosophical functionalism and psychological functionalismp. 58
Psychological functionalism and the interface problemp. 61
Causes in the mind: from the functional mind to the representational mindp. 71
Causation by content: problems with the functional mindp. 71
The representational mind and the language of thoughtp. 81
The mind as computerp. 92
Neural networks and the neurocomputational mindp. 97
Top-down explanation vs the co-evolutionary research strategyp. 97
Cognition, co-evolution and the brainp. 105
Neural network modelsp. 109
Neural network modeling and the co-evolutionary research paradigm: the example of languagep. 119
Rationality, mental causation and commonsense psychologyp. 134
Real patterns without real causesp. 135
How anomalous is the mental?p. 153
The counterfactual approachp. 163
Overviewp. 170
The scope of commonsense psychologyp. 172
Thinking about the scope of commonsense psychologyp. 173
Implicit and explicit commonsense psychology: the broad construalp. 178
Modest revisionism: the simulationist proposalp. 185
Narrowing the scope of commonsense psychology (1)p. 194
Narrowing the scope of commonsense psychology (2)p. 198
A suggestion?p. 205
From perception to action: the standard view and its criticsp. 208
From perception to action: the standard viewp. 209
Cognitive architecture and the standard viewp. 215
The distinction between perception and cognitionp. 221
Domain-specific reasoning and the massive modularity hypothesisp. 228
Propositional attitudes: contents and vehiclesp. 244
Another look at the interface problemp. 245
The argument for structurep. 249
The problem of structure in artificial neural networksp. 254
Rejecting the structure requirementp. 260
Finding structure in artificial neural networksp. 266
Overviewp. 276
Thinking and languagep. 279
Thinking in words (1): the inner speech hypothesisp. 280
Thinking in words (2): the rewiring hypothesisp. 287
The state of playp. 295
Practical reasoning and the language of thoughtp. 297
Perceptual integrationp. 304
Concept learningp. 310
Concluding thoughts: toward a fifth picturep. 318
Annotated bibliographyp. 333
Bibliographyp. 350
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780415275958
ISBN-10: 0415275954
Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 377
Published: 2nd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.2  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1