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Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind/Brain

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"Neurophilosophy" is a rich interdisciplinary study of the prospects for a unified cognitive neurobiology. Contemporary research in the empirical neurosciences and recent research in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science are used to illuminate fundamental questions concerning the relation between abstract cognitive theory and substantive neuroscience.
Published September 7th 1989 by Bradford Book (first published 1986)
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Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-and-brain
A really wonderful exploration of what we understand about how the mind works, and what a future theory of cognition might entail. The book is a little over 20 years old, so necessarily out of date when dealing with the topic of neuroscience, but still provided a very comprehensive analysis of what we know. More than that though, Churchland provides a framework and the necessary background information to even begin to address questions of the mind/brain.

Churchland begins by going over some basi
Mar 25, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in issues concerning the perceived mind/brain or 'soul'/brain "duality."
Churchland is one of the first to attempt to integrate the hard sciences (neurology) into the perceived "mind/brain duality" problem in philosophy. Will she resolve this "problem? I'm in the process of finding out! One thing's for certain:
Descartes would have loved to have access to the brain scans found in this little gem from the late 80s!
Jake Bornheimer
Even being released in 1986, this book is an amazing argument for 1) the co-dependence of Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology (and in a modern context Cognitive Science as a multi-disciplinary enterprise) and more specifically 2) that brain states are mental states, specifically in part II. It has a great tripartite structure, which makes it suitable for just about anybody with interest. Part I goes over Neuroscience, getting the reader current to 1980 levels (quite well), Part II is Philos ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pat Churchland's 'neurophilosophy' is a great book as it is two books in one! Some elementary neuroscience in the first half and philosophy of mind in the latter.

Only gripe is that I still think that reductive physicalism is not right and still in the camp of non-reductive physicalism (more in line with Kim and Chalmers).

May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting overview in the field and, although outdated in some areas, still holds up to the test of time. That said, it is not great as an introduction for complete neophytes in neuroscience and philosophy as her explanations are succinct but jargon-y. She's clearly writing to an informed academic audience rather than a lay audience, but if you have the requisite background, that's exactly what makes this book enjoyable. It's as readable as a pop-sci book with the informationa ...more
Mike de la Flor
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Patricia Churchland is an authority on the topics or neurophilosophy and philosophy of mind. This tome is an excellent introduction into neuro-biology and a comprehensive discussion on the history of and current ideas in philosophy of science, and the ongoing mind-body battle with a focus on supporting reductionism and undermining dualism. This is not for the light-hearted, this book will take some effort to read. I recommend this book to those interested in neuro-biology as applied to philosoph ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing (though now rather dated) synthesis of the mind sciences and philosophy of mind. This book authoritatively put to rest any flights of fancy and philosophy that have no grounding in reality and hard science. A must read for all those interested in reductionism and materialism.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain-mind
A classic book, and one that is essential reading. Now somewhat dated, both in the philosophy and the neuroscience, but still a fantastic springboard from which to begin your research.
Doktor Dolan
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for any psychologist.
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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 ...more
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