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Brain-wise : studies in neurophilosophy
Churchland, Patricia Smith.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 471 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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"A Bradford book."

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RC343 .C486 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Progress in the neurosciences is profoundly changing our conception of ourselves. Contrary to time-honoured intuition, the mind turns out to be a complex of brain functions. And contrary to the wishful thinking of some philosophers, there is no stemming the revolutionary impact that brain research will have on our understanding of how the mind works.

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Churchland (philosophy, Univ. of California at San Diego) writes about neurophilosophy; she takes stock of various philosophical problems concerning the nature of the mind, given the recent developments in neuroscience and cognitive science. She has assembled the material into two classical categories--metaphysics and epistemology. Ethics is covered briefly in discussing free will and responsibility. Religion is the topic of the final chapter and is presented in both metaphysical and epistemological dimensions. The overall theme is that if one allows discoveries in neuroscience and cognitive science to confront old philosophical problems, something remarkable happens. Genuine progress is being made where previously progress seemed impossible; intuitions are surprised and dogmas challenged. One can now make sense of mental phenomena in neurobiological terms while unmasking some of the classical puzzles as preneuroscientific misconceptions. Neuroscience has begun to impact philosophical problems, such as the mind-brain phenomenon, discussed throughout. Despite several grammatical errors, very interesting reading! ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. J. Kushner James Madison University

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
I Metaphysics
2 An Introduction to Metaphysics
3 Self and Self Knowledge
4 Consciousness
5 Free Will
II Epistemology
6 An Introduction to Epistemology
7 How Do Brains Represent?
8 How Do Brains Learn?
III Religion
9 Religion and the Brain