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Stich and His Critics

Dominic Murphy (Editor), Michael Bishop (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1206-2
280 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Through a collection of original essays from leading philosophical scholars, Stich and His Critics provides a thorough assessment of the key themes in the career of philosopher Stephen Stich.
  • Provides a collection of original essays from some of the world's most distinguished philosophers
  • Explores some of philosophy's most hotly-debated contemporary topics, including mental representation, theory of mind, nativism, moral philosophy, and naturalized epistemology
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Introduction: Dominic Murphy (California Institute of Technology) and Michael Bishop (Florida State University).

1. Is There a Role for Representational Content in Scientific Psychology?: Frances Egan (Rutgers University).

2. Representationalism Reconsidered: Peter Godfrey-Smith (Harvard University).

3. On Determining What There Isn’t: Michael Devitt (City University of New York).

4. Eliminativism and The Theory of Reference: Frank Jackson (The Australian National University).

5. Why Isn’t Stich an ElimiNativist?: Fiona Cowie (California Institute of Technology).

6. A Defense of the Use of Intuitions in Philosophy: Ernest Sosa (Brown University).

7. Reflections on Cognitive and Epistemic Diversity: Can a Stich in Time Save Quine?: Michael Bishop (Florida State University).

8. Simulation Theory and Cognitive Neuroscience: Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University).

9. The Triumph of a Reasonable Man: Stich, Mindreading and Nativism: Kim Sterelny (Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington).

10. Against Moral Nativism: Jesse J. Prinz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

11. Replies: Steve Stich (Rutgers University).

List of Publications by Steve Stich

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Michael A. Bishop is Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. His research focuses on how to properly understand and assess reasoning in science and in everyday life. He is the co-author, with J. D. Trout, of Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment (2005).

Dominic Murphy is Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Psychiatry in the Scientific Image (2006).

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  • Assesses the key philosophical themes in the distinguished career of Stephen Stich
  • Provides a collection of original essays from some of the world's most distinguished philosophers
  • Explores some of philosophy's most hotly-debated contemporary topics, including mental representation, theory of mind, nativism, moral philosophy, and naturalized epistemology
See More
"The papers in this collection, the fourteenth in the Philosophers and their Critics series edited by Ernest Lepore, bear witness to the fecundity of Stich's contributions to the discipline, while his replies to the individual papers bear witness to his dialectical skills." (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, September 2009)

"The tone of the book is almost universally one of mutual respect and generosity in interpretation. Overall it is an excellent collection." (Metapsychology, September 2009)

No philosopher has done more for Cognitive Science, in more areas, than Stephen Stich. This far-reaching collection makes fitting tribute to contemporary philosophy’s greatest interdisciplinarian, by presenting estimable contributions  to the science and philosophy of mind, where  Stich remains both intellectual  benchmark and provocateur-in-chief.
John M. Doris, Washington University in St. Louis

"Stephen Stich is one of the most interesting contemporary empirically oriented philosophers. His books and articles are required reading for all serious students of the subject. This present volume, Stich and His Critics, contains interesting discussions of his work by other outstanding philosophers, along with Stich's elegant responses. There is something here for everyone. This book will be useful both to new students and to those who think they are already quite familiar with the issues."
Gilbert Harman, Princeton University

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