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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience



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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience is a state-of-the-art collection of interdisciplinary research spanning philosophy (of science, mind, and ethics) and current neuroscience. Containing chapters written by some of the most prominent philosophers working in this area, and in some cases co-authored with neuroscientists, this volume reflects both the breadth and depth of current work in this exciting field. Topics include the nature of explanation in neuroscience; whether and how current neuroscience is reductionistic; consequences of current research on the neurobiology of learning and memory, perception and sensation, neurocomputational modeling, and neuroanatomy; the burgeoning field of neuroethics and the neurobiology of motivation that increasingly informs it; implications from neurology and clinical neuropsychology, especially in light of some bizarre symptoms involving misrepresentations of self; the extent and consequences of multiple realization in actual neuroscience; the new field of neuroeudamonia; and the neurophilosophy of subjectivity. This volume will interest philosophers working in numerous fields who wish to see how current neuroscience is being brought to bear directly on philosophical issues. It will also be of interest to neuroscientists who wish to learn how the research programs of some of their colleagues are being enriched by interaction with philosophers, and finally to those working in any interdisciplinary field who wish to see how two seemingly disparate disciplines--one traditional and humanistic, the other new and scientific--are being brought together to both disciplines' mutual benefit.

Author Biography

John Bickle is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Fellow of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I2AT) at Mississippi State University.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Editor's Introduction

Part I: Explanation, Reduction, and Methodology in Neuroscientific Practice:
Chapter 1: Molecules, systems, and behavior: Another view of memory consolidation
Chapter 2: Biological clocks: Explaining with models of mechanisms
Chapter 3: Methodology and reduction in the behavioral neurosciences: Object exploration as a case study, Chapter 4 The Science of Research and the search for molecular mechanisms of cognition

Part II: Learning and Memory:
Chapter 5: The lower bounds of cognition: What do spinal cords reveal?
Chapter 6: Lessons for cognitive science from neurogenomics
Chapter 7: Neuroscience, learning, and the return to behaviorism

Part III: Sensation and Perception:
Chapter 8: fMRI: A modern cerebrascope? The case of pain
Chapter 9: The enactive field, the embedded Neuron
Chapter 10: The role of neurobiology in differentiating the senses
Chapter 11: Enactivism's vision: Neurocognitive basis or neurocognitively baseless?

Part IV: Neurocomputation and Neuroanatomy:
Chapter 12: Space, time, and objects
Chapter 13: Neurocomputational models: Theory, application, philosophical consequences
Chapter 14: Neuroanatomy and cosmology

Part V: Neuroscience of Motivation, Decision Making, and Neuroethics:
Chapter 15: The emerging theory of motivation
Chapter 16: Inference to the best decision
Chapter 17: Emergentism at the crossroads of philosophy, neurotechnology, and the enhancement debate
Chapter 18: What's neu in neuroethics?

Part VI: Neurophilosophy and Psychiatry: Chapter 19 Confabulations about people and their limbs, present or absent
Chapter 20: Delusional experience
Chapter 21: The case for animal emotions: Modeling neuropsychiatric disorders

Part VII: Neurophilosophy:
Chapter 22: Levels and individual variation: Implications for the multiple realization of psychological properties
Chapter 23: or Buddhists lead neuroscientists to the seat of happiness
The neurophilosophy of subjectivity
Chapter 24: The neurophilosophy of subjectivity

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