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Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology Paperback – November 7, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0199255818 ISBN-10: 0199255814

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199255814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199255818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`a richly varied collection of essays which ... provides the reader with the opportunity for a sustained examination of the central issues concerning functions and their role in biology and psychology' Graham Macdonald, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

About the Author

Robert Cummins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis Mark Perlman is Professor of Philosophy at Western Oregon University Andre Ariew is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island

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Dr. Mark Perlman is Professor fo Philosophy at Western Oregon University. A Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, he is the author of several scholarly papers in philosophy as well as a book, entitled "Conceptual Flux: Mental Representation, Misrepresentation, and Concept Change" (Kluwer, 2000), and is co-editor of the book "Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology" (Oxford UP, 2002). His current research includes work in aesthetics of music, and in particular on a philosophical investigation into the nature of orchestral conducting.

He is also an orchestral conductor and bassist, and has been music director and conductor of the Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He studied at the University of Arizona with Dr. Leonard Pearlman and has been to conducting workshops with Jorma Panula, Markus Lehtinen, Petr Gribanov, Leonid Kochmar, Sian Edwards, Adrian Gnam, Robert Gutter, Oleg Proskurnya, Alexander Polishchuck, Murry Sidlin, Daniel Lewis, Don Thulean, and John Farrer. He won honorable mention in the 2011 International Conducting Workshop and Competition in Macon, Georgia. In 2011 he was also a finalist for the American prize in both orchestral conducting (community orchestra) and programming. He has conducted other orchestras in the Portland area as well as in Arizona and Ohio, and internationally orchestras in Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon N. Towl on February 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although this book has many papers that weigh in on current debates, some papers are simply rewrites of older material. There is very little "road-mapping"-- the editors seem to assume some familiarity with the field already. Plus many of the authors seem to talk past each other.
Overall, though, there are some really excellent ideas and great insights. Pick up an intro anthology first, then dive in to this one.
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