A Neurocomputational Perspective

The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science

If we are to solve the central problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Churchland argues, we must draw heavily on the resources of the emerging sciences of the mind-brain. A Neurocomputationial Perspective illustrates the fertility of the concepts and data drawn from the study of the brain and of artificial networks that model the brain. These concepts bring unexpected coherence to scattered issues in the philosophy of science, new solutions to old philosophical problems, and new possibilities for the enterprise of science itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes
  3. 2. Functionalism, Qualia, and Intentionality
  4. 3. Reduction, Qualia, and the Direct Introspection of Brain States
  5. 4. Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson
  6. 5. Some Reductive Strategies in Cognitive Neurobiology
  7. 6. Folk Psychology and the Explanation of Human Behavior
  8. 7. Reductionism, Connectionism, and the Plasticity of Human Consciousness
  9. 8. The Ontological Status of Observables: In Praise of the Superempirical Virtues
  10. 9. On the Nature of Theories: A Neurocomputational Perspective
  11. 10. On the Nature of Explanation: A PDP Approach
  12. 11. Learning and Conceptual Change
  13. 12. Perceptual Plasticity and Theoretical Neutrality: A Reply to Jerry Fodor
  14. 13. Conceptual Progress and Word-World Relations: In Search of the Essence of Natural Kinds
  15. 14. Moral Facts and Moral Knowledge
  16. References
  17. Index