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On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997

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Paul M. and Patricia S. Churchland are towering figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness. This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticism of one's professional colleagues. The essays present the Churchlands' critical responses t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 18th 1999 by Bradford Book (first published 1998)
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May 06, 2009 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People Interested in Philosophy of Mind
This is an often times difficult but deeply rewarding read so far. I enjoy the essays that are co-written by the husband and wife duo a little more than the first couple written by Paul, e.g., "Intertheoretic Reduction: A Neuroscientist's Field Guide" which is an excellent summary of the Churchland's general approach towards neurophilosophy and greatly cleared up some perplexing issues that've been rattling around in my mind for the last couple of years about "reductionism", a concept many nod t ...more
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Paul Churchland is a philosopher noted for his studies in neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. He is currently a Professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he holds the Valtz Chair of Philosophy. Churchland holds a joint appointment with the Cognitive Science Faculty and the Institute for Neural Computation. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 unde ...more
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