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After the Philosophy of Mind: Replacing Scholasticism with Science

Chemero, Tony and Silberstein, Michael (2007) After the Philosophy of Mind: Replacing Scholasticism with Science. [Preprint]

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We provide a taxonomy of the two most important debates in the philosophy of the cognitive and neural sciences. The first debate is over methodological individualism: is the object of the cognitive and neural sciences the brain, the whole animal, or the animal--environment system? The second is over explanatory style: should explanation in cognitive and neural science be reductionist-mechanistic, inter-level mechanistic, or dynamical? After setting out the debates, we discuss the ways in which they are interconnected. Finally, we make some recommendations that we hope will help philosophers interested in the cognitive and neural sciences to avoid dead ends.

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Item Type: Preprint
Chemero, Tony
Silberstein, Michael
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science.
Keywords: extended cognition, explanatory pluralism, neuroscience, complex systems, dynamical explanation, causal mechanisms, representationalism, reductionism, holism.
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Michael Silberstein
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3200

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