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On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997
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 5 of 5 stars
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
Patricia Smith Churchland (born July 16, 1943 in Oliver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian-American philosopher working at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 1984. She is currently a professor at the UCSD Philosophy Department, an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and an associate of the Computational Neuroscience Laboratory (Sejnowski Lab) at ...moreMore about Patricia S. Churchland...