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Philosophy and the Neurosciences: A Reader

William Bechtel (Editor), Pete Mandik (Editor), Jennifer Mundale (Editor), Robert Stufflebeam (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21044-3
496 pages
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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By introducing key themes in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and the basic concepts of neuroscience, this text provides philosophers with the necessary background to engage the neurosciences and offers neuroscientists an introduction to the relevant tools of philosophical analysis.
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Preface and Acknowledgements.

Part I: Neurophilosophical Foundations.

Part II: Language.

Part III: Vision.

Part IV: Consciousness.

Part V: Representation.

Part VI: Reduction.
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William Bechtel is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is editor of the international journal Philosophical Psychology and his publications include A Companion to Cognitive Science (co-edited, Blackwell, 1998), Connectionism and the Mind (co-authored, second edition, Blackwell, 2002) and Discovering Complexity (1993).

Pete Mandik is Assistant Professor and Associate Director fo the Cognitive Science Laboratory at William Patterson University of New Jersey

Jennifer Mundale is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Central Florida University.

Robert S. Stufflebeam is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

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  • Introduces and integrates key ideas in philosophy and neuroscience.
  • Provides study questions to guide student readers.
  • Includes current research.
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"William Bechtel and his colleagues have set about creating a genuine teaching aid." Journal of Consciousness Studies

"The first of its kind, Philosophy and the Neurosciences is sure to find an eager audience in neuroscience and philosophy. Under the encyclopedic and judicious guidance of Bill Bechtel, the editors have assembled a genuinely useful collection, provided insightful introductions to each section, and included a sample of groundbreaking papers from the history of neuroscience." Patricia Smith Churchland, University of California, San Diego <!--end-->

"The philosophy of neuroscience finally has a good teaching text. This nicely edited collection is a collage of classic and contemporary papers by neuroscientists and some solid, yet innovative philosophy." Peter Machamer, University of Pittsburgh

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