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The Mind as a Scientific Object : Between Brain and Culture - Christina E. Erneling

The Mind as a Scientific Object

Between Brain and Culture

By: Christina E. Erneling (Editor), David M. Johnson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780195139327
Number Of Pages: 549

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What holds together the various fields that are supposed to consititute the general intellectual discipline that people now call cognitive science? In this book, Erneling and Johnson identify two problems with defining this discipline. First, some theorists identify the common subject matter as the mind, but scientists and philosophers have not been able to agree on any single, satisfactory answer to the question of what the mind is. Second, those who speculate about the general characteristics that belong to cognitive science tend to assume that all the particular fields falling under the rubric--psychology, linguistics, biology, and son on--are of roughly equal value in their ability to shed light on the nature of mind. This book argues that all the cognitive science disciplines are not equally able to provide answers to ontological questions about the mind, but rather that only neurophysiology and cultural psychology are suited to answer these questions. However, since the cultural account of mind has long been ignored in favor of the neurophysiological account, Erneling and Johnson bring together contributions that focus especially on different versions of the cultural account of the mind.

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"This is an unusually cogent book, whose editors look beyond the accepted disciplinary structures of cognitive science to the environment and human culture in order to examine 'mind.' Erneling and Johnson succeed admirably in exploring the alternative of the cultural approach to mentality, whilst recognizing the significance of neurophysiology."--The Mind as a Scientific Object "The Mind As a Scientific Object is interesting and accessible not just to specialists but to a wide, interdisciplinary audience as well. It presents with a picture of selected, important themes in the field of cognitive science that is deeper than was previously available, but that still manages to be of wide interest." --SirReadaLot.org "This is an unusually cogent book, whose editors look beyond the accepted disciplinary structures of cognitive science to the environment and human culture in order to examine 'mind.' Erneling and Johnson succeed admirably in exploring the alternative of the cultural approach to mentality, whilst recognizing the significance of neurophysiology."--The Mind as a Scientific Object

David Johnson: General Introduction Section 1. Where Are we at Present, and How Did we Get There? 1.0: Christina Erneling: Section Introduction 1.1: Rom Harre: The Relevance of the Philosophy of Psychology 1.2: Thomas Leahey: Mind as Scientific Object: An Historical, Philosophical Exploration 1.3: Jagdish Hattiangadi: The Emergence of Minds in Space and Time 1.4: Otniel E. Dror: Is the Mind a Scientific Object of Study?: Lessons from History Section 2. Is the Study of Mind Continuous with the Rest of Science? 2.0: David Johnson: Section Introduction 2.1: Thomas Leahey: Psychology as Engineering 2.2: Gunther Stent: Epistemic Dualism 2.3: David Olson: Mind, Brain, and Culture 2.4: Don Ross: Chalmers' Naturalistic Dualism: A Case Study in the Irrelevance of the Mind-Body Problem to the Scientific Study of Consciousness 2.5: William Seager: Emergence and Efficacy Section 3. Eliminative Materialism: Sound or Mistaken? 3.0: David Johnson: Section Introduction 3.1: William Lycan: A Particularly Compelling Refutation of Eliminative Materialism 3.2: Ausonio Marras: Common-sense Refutations of Eliminativism 3.3: David Henderson and Terrance Horgan: What Does it Take to be a True Believer?: Against the Opulent Ideology of Eliminative Materialism 3.4: Barbara Von Eckhardt: Connectionism and the Propositional Attitudes Section 4. Is Mind Just another Name for the Brain and What the Brain Does? 4.0: Christina Erneling: Section Introduction 4.1: Martin Ingvar: All in the Interest of Time-On the Problem of Speed and Cognition 4.2: Vinod Goel: Can There Be a Cognitive Neuroscience of Central Cognitive Systems? 4.3: Itiel Dror and Robin Thomas: The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory: A Framework for the Science of Mind 4.4: Tadeusz Zadwidski and William Bechtel: Gall's Legacy Revisited: Decomposition and Localization in Cognitive Neuroscience Section 5. Does Evolution Provide a Key to the Scientific Study of Mind? 5.0: Christina Erneling: Section Introduction 5.1: Peter Grdenfors: The Emergence of Thought 5.2: Jagdish Hattiangadi: The Mind as an Object of Scientific Study 5.3: Stuart Shanker and Talbot J. Taylor: The Significance of Ape Language Research 5.4: Charles Lumsden: I-Object: Mind and Brain as Darwinian Things Section 6. Is the Mind a Cultural Entity? 6.0: David Johnson: Section Introduction 6.1: Jerome Bruner: Ignace Meyerson and Cultural Psychology 6.2: David Bakhurst: Strong Culturalism 6.3: Jens Brockmeier: 'Text' as a Model of the Mind Section 7. Rationality: Cultural or Natural? 7.0: Christina Erneling: Section Introduction 7.1: Timothy van Gelder: Beyond the Mind-Body Problem 7.2: Ian Jarvie: Workshop Rationality and the Reasonable Persistence of Dogmatism 7.3: Christina E. Erneling: Is Cognitive Development Equivalent to Scientific Development? 7.4: David Martel Johnson: Mind, Brain, and the Upper Paleolithic 8.1Christina Erneling: Afterword

ISBN: 9780195139327
ISBN-10: 0195139321
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 549
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.7 x 24.13  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.87

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