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Matter and consciousness

Author: Paul M Churchland
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland presents a concise and contemporary overview of the philosophical issues surrounding the mind and explains the main theories and philosophical positions that have been proposed to solve them. Making the case for the relevance of theoretical and experimental results in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence for the philosophy of mind, Churchland  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Churchland, Paul M., 1942-
Matter and consciousness.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2013]
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul M Churchland
ISBN: 9780262519588 0262519585
OCLC Number: 827722868
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: What is this book about? --
The ontological problem (the mind-body problem) : Dualism ; Philosophical behaviorism ; Reductive materialism (the identity theory) ; Functionalism ; Eliminative materialism --
The semantical problem : Definition by inner ostension ; Philosophical behaviorism ; The theoretical network thesis and folk psychology ; Intentionality and the propositional attitudes --
The epistemological problem : The problem of other minds ; The problem of self-consciousness --
The methodological problem : Idealism and phenomenology ; Methodological behaviorism ; The cognitive/computational approach ; Methodological materialism --
Artificial intelligence : Computers: some elementary concepts ; Programming intelligence: the piecemeal approach --
Neuroscience : Neuroanatomy: the evolutionary background ; Neurophysiology and neural organization ; ; Cognitive neurobiology ; AI again: computer models of parallel distributed processing --
Expanding our perspective : The distribution of intelligence in the universe ; The expansion of introspective consciousness.
Responsibility: Paul M. Churchland.

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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland clearly presents the advantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism, reductive materialism, functionalism, and  Read more...

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To read this book with attention is not just to find out about philosophy, but to do it. Churchland has written the best introduction available, for students and for general readers. -- Margaret Read more...

 
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