On the Contrary

Critical Essays, 1987-1997
Overview

Paul M. and Patricia S. Churchland are towering figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness. This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticism of one's professional colleagues. The essays present the Churchlands' critical responses to a variety of philosophical positions advanced by some two dozen philosophical theorists. The book is divided into three parts: part I, Folk Psychology and Eliminative Materialism; part II, Meaning, Qualia, and Emotion: The Several Dimensions of Consciousness; and part III, the Philosophy of Science. V. S. Ramachandran and Rick Grush are coauthors on two of the essays.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Folk Psychology

    Paul M. Churchland

  4. 2. Theory, Taxonomy, and Methodology: A Reply to Haldane's "Understanding Folk"

    Paul M. Churchland

  5. 3. Evaluating Our Self-Conception

    Paul M. Churchland

  6. 4. Activation Vectors vs. Propositional Attitudes: How the Brain Represents Reality

    Paul M. Churchland

  7. 5. Could a Machine Think?

    Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland

  8. 6. Intertheoretic Reduction: A Neuroscientist's Field Guide

    Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland

  9. 7. Conceptual Similarity across Sensory and Neural Diversity: The Fodor-Lepore Challenge Answered

    Paul M. Churchland

  10. 8. Betty Crocker's Theory of Consciousness

    Paul M. Churchland

  11. 9. The Rediscovery of Light

    Paul M. Churchland

  12. 10. Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson

    Paul M. Churchland

  13. 11. Recent Work on Consciousness: Philosophical, Theoretical, and Empirical

    Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland

  14. 12. Filling In: Why Dennett Is Wrong

    Patricia S. Churchland and V. S. Ramachandran

  15. 13. Gaps in Penrose's Toilings

    Rick Grush and Patricia S. Churchland

  16. 14. Feeling Reasons

    Patricia S. Churchland

  17. 15. A Deeper Unity: Some Feyerabendian Themes in Neurocomputational Form

    Paul M. Churchland

  18. 16. Reply to Glymour

    Paul M. Churchland

  19. 17. To Transform the Phenomena: Feyerabend, Proliferation, and Recurrent Neural Networks

    Paul M. Churchland

  20. 18. How Parapsychology Could Become a Science

    Paul M. Churchland

  21. Notes
  22. References
  23. Index