A Tour of the Human Mind

Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain. Patricia Smith Churchland. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1986. 800 pp. $27.50. Can there be an object of scientific study as compelling, yet baffling, as the human mind? In Neurophilosophy Patricia Churchland argues that a new paradigm in the study of the human mind is emerging, one that promises rich and often unexpected understanding of the underlying nature of mentality. In this claim she is not alone: great excitement has been gene

Lynn Nadel
Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain. Patricia Smith Churchland. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1986. 800 pp. $27.50.


Can there be an object of scientific study as compelling, yet baffling, as the human mind? In Neurophilosophy Patricia Churchland argues that a new paradigm in the study of the human mind is emerging, one that promises rich and often unexpected understanding of the underlying nature of mentality. In this claim she is not alone: great excitement has been generated among cognitive scientists and others interested in the mind/brain relation recently, and one purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to what the recent fuss is all about.

Tired of stale philosophical debates, and vociferously opposed to "folk psychology," the author takes her readers on a tour of the landscape in both philosophy of mind and contemporary neuroscience. The central theme of the book, if it can be...

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