Neuroscience and Philosophy

Edited by Felipe De Brigard and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Philosophers and neuroscientists address central issues in both fields, including morality, action, mental illness, consciousness, perception, and memory.

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Philosophers and neuroscientists address central issues in both fields, including morality, action, mental illness, consciousness, perception, and memory.

Philosophers and neuroscientists grapple with the same profound questions involving consciousness, perception, behavior, and moral judgment, but only recently have the two disciplines begun to work together. This volume offers fourteen original chapters that address these issues, each written by a team that includes at least one philosopher and one neuroscientist, who integrate disciplinary perspectives and reflect the latest research in both fields. Topics include morality, empathy, agency, the self, mental illness, neuroprediction, optogenetics, pain, vision, consciousness, memory, concepts, mind wandering, and the neural basis of psychological categories.

The chapters first address basic issues about our social and moral lives: how we decide to act and ought to act toward each other, how we understand each other's mental states and selves, and how we deal with pressing social problems regarding crime and mental or brain health. The following chapters consider basic issues about our mental lives: how we classify and recall what we experience, how we see and feel objects in the world, how we ponder plans and alternatives, and how our brains make us conscious and create specific mental states.

Contributors

Sara Abdulla, Eyal Aharoni, Corey H. Allen, Sara Aronowitz, Jenny Blumenthal-Barby, Ned Block, Allison J. Brager, Antonio Cataldo, Tony Cheng, Felipe De Brigard, Rachel N. Denison, Jim A. C. Everett, Gidon Felsen, Julia Haas, Hyemin Han, Zac Irving, Kristina Krasich, Enoch Lambert, Cristina Leon, Anna Leshinskaya, Jordan L. Livingston, Brian Maniscalco, Joshua May, Joseph McCaffrey, Jorge Morales, Samuel Murray, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Laura Niemi, Brian Odegaard, Hannah Read, Robyn Repko Waller, Sarah Robins, Jason Samaha, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Joshua August Skorburg, Shannon Spaulding, Arjen Stolk, Rita Svetlova, Natalia Washington, Clifford Workman, Jessey Wright

Paperback

$65.00 X ISBN: 9780262045438 506 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 12

Editors

Felipe De Brigard

Felipe De Brigard is Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Duke University and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, is Core Faculty at Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Philosophy Department and Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, is Core Faculty at Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and has secondary appointments in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and in the Duke University Law School.