Neurophilosophy (Paperback)

Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain (Bradford Book)

By Patricia S. Churchland

Bradford Book, 9780262530859, 560pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 1989

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Five chapters in the book's first part, "Some Elementary Neuroscience," sketch the history of the science of nervous systems and provide a general introduction to neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropsychology. In the second part, "Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science," chapters place the mind-body problem within the wider context of the philosophy of science. Drawing on recent research in this area, a general account of intertheoretic reduction is explained, arguments for a reductionist strategy are developed, and traditional objections from dualists and other anti reductionists are answered in novel ways. The third part, "A Neurophilosophical Perspective," concludes the book with a presentation and discussion of some of the most promising theoretical developments currently under exploration in functional neurobiology and in the connectionist models within artificial intelligence research.

A Bradford Book.

About the Author

Patricia Smith Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego