Neurophilosophy: the early years and new directions

Smith Churchland, Patricia (2007) Neurophilosophy: the early years and new directions. Functional Neurology; New Trends in Interventional Neurosciences, 22 (4). pp. 185-195. ISSN 1971-3274

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Neurophilosophy embraces the hypothesis that what we call 1Cthe mind 1D is in fact a level of brain activity. A corollary of this hypothesis states that we can learn much about the reality of mental function by studying the brain at all levels of organization. Until fairly recently, many philosophers preferred to believe that important domains of mental function could never be addressed using the tools of empirical science. Nevertheless, co-evolutionary progress by psychology and the neurosciences on many topics, including consciousness, free will and the nature of knowledge, have meant that such convictions need to be updated. Some large-scale mind-brain problems have not yet been solved, and do require significant theoretical innovation. In particular the problem of how to understand the true nature of representations remains unsolved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: consciousness, folk intuitions, homeostatic emotions, information theory, neurophilosophy, representations
Subjects: 100 Filosofia e Psicologia > 120 Gnoseologia, causalita', genere umano > 128 Genere umano (classificare qui l'Antropologia filosofica, le opere d'insieme sulla Filosofia della vita umana, su Filosofia e Psicologia della vita umana) > 128.3 Mente (Include la relazione mente-corpo) (Classificare qui la Neurofilosofia)
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 12:26
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 12:26

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