An introduction to the philosophy of psychology (#0636ZU2)

by Weiskopf, Daniel A

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Paperback Cambridge University Press, 2015
Price: USD 34.99
Description: xiv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Dewey: 150.1; Int Lvl: AD


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PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body. Psychology Philosophy.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-304) and index. "Our topic here is psychology, the self-styled science of the mind. Psychology's aim is to explain mental phenomena by describing the underlying processes, systems, and mechanisms that give rise to them. These hidden causal levers underlie all of our mental feats, including our richest conscious perceptions, our most subtle chains of reasoning, and our widest-ranging plans and actions. While the phenomena of mind are intimately related to events occurring in the brain, these psychological explanations are, we will argue, distinct and autonomous from explanations in terms of neural processes and mechanisms. According to the view we present here, psychology and neuroscience are different enterprises"--Provided by publisher.

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Psychology aims to give us a scientific account of how the mind works. But what does it mean to have a science of the mental, and what sort of picture of the mind emerges from our best psychological theories? This book addresses these philosophical puzzles in a way that is accessible to readers with little or no background in psychology or neuroscience. Using clear and detailed case studies and drawing on up-to-date empirical research, it examines perception and action, the link between attention and consciousness, the modularity of mind, how we understand other minds, and the influence of language on thought, as well as the relationship between mind, brain, body, and world. The result is an integrated and comprehensive overview of much of the architecture of the mind, which will be valuable for both students and specialists in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Cambridge introductions to philosophy
  • Dewey: 150.1
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xiv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Tracings: Adams, Frederick, author.
  • ISBN-10: 0-521-74020-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-521-74020-3
  • LCCN: 2014-034058
  • Follett Number: 0636ZU2
  • Interest Level: AD

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