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.
A Bradford Book.
About the Author
Patricia Smith Churchland is UC President’s Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute.
“Neurophilosophy is exactly the introduction to the neurosciences that philosophers need, and exactly the introduction to philosophy of mind that neuroscientists need, and only someone who knew both fields very well could write it. This is a unique book. It is excellently written, crammed with information, wise, and a pleasure to read.”
—Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University
“The book represents a unique synthesis of neurobiology in a philosophical context, put in truly exquisite language that is easy to read. A definite must for philosophers interested in neuroscience and for neuroscientists interested in the philosophical issues of their fields.”
—Rodolfo Llinas, Chairman, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, New York Medical Center
“While many people in cognitive science are beginning to look at relations among pairs of related disciplines, Patricia Churchland's book is the best yet at elucidating the key issues that underly the enterprise.”
—Jerome A. Feldman, University of Rochester
“Churchland writes with the authority of an insider.”
—Philip Kitcher , Nature
“Churchland's approach is... refreshing, and it is well carried out .... I am going to use Neurophilosophy as the textbook in my graduate course in cognitive neuropsychology. For anyone interested in the 'real' CNS, this volume is by far the best that has come out of cognitive science.”
—Karl H. Pribram, Contemporary Psycholoqy
“Neurophilosophy is a pioneering work. As our understanding of the brain develops, philosophers will need to know more about the function of its parts, while neuroscientists will increasingly confront philosophical issues. This perceptive, lively and informative book combines both approaches in ail up to date and very readable manner.”
—F.H.C. Crick, The Salk Institute
Honorable Mention in the category of Psychology in the 1986 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc.