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Comment: Unmarked. Argues that the mind-brain sciences can bring coherence to issues in the philosophy of science, offer new solutions to old philosophical problems, and bring new possibilities for the enterprise of science itself. 321pp. Index. Bibliographic references. Very Good. Paperback. (#21155)
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  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; New edition edition (April 22, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262531062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262531061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A bold and unified account encompassing an attitude to belief, desire, subjective experience, learning, grasp of theories and explanatory understanding.... A wide-ranging, daring and eloquently expressed vision.... I commend Paul Churchland's book as an achievement of breadth and poetry in a discipline too often breeding only stultifying narrowness.

(Andy Clark Times Higher Education Supplement)

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Paul M. Churchland is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul, Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (both published by the MIT Press), and other books.

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Paul Churchland (born 1942) is Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego; he has written many other books such as The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain, Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1992 collection of essays, "it is no longer possible to do major work in the philosophy of mind without drawing on themes from the philosophy of science and the several sciences of the mind-brain... the instruction and information has begun to flow vigorously in the opposite direction. Very shortly it will no longer be possible to do major work in the philosophy of science without drawing on themes from the philosophy of mind and from the related disciplines of computational neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and connectionist AI." (Pg. xv-xvi)

He begins the first essay with the statement, "Eliminative materialism is the thesis that our commonsense conception of psychological phenomena constitutes a radically false theory, a theory so fundamentally defective that both the principles and the ontology of that theory will eventually be displaced, rather than smoothly reduced, by completed neuroscience." (Pg. 1)

In a later essay, he asserts, "I am a scientific realist, of unorthodox persuasion... I assert that global excellence of theory is the ultimate measure of truth and ontology at all levels of cognition, even at the observational level." (Pg.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on July 2, 2001
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If you're interested in a concise and empirically grounded look at how organisms experience themselves and the world, this is a definite. There is also a nice look into the future with Paul speculating what may come from the study of neuroengineering with humans. This book is especially appealing in light of the fact that our population is being exposed to the novel findings in medicine, neuroscience, and all other fields that play a part in the NC perspective. If you're interested in this book, you may also want to check out the movie, "AI."
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rua-haun Tsaih on September 7, 2005
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the one that I need for my research.
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