Category Archives: Philosophy

Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language

Neuroscience and Philosophy begins with an excerpt from Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience, in which Maxwell Bennett and Peter Hacker question the conceptual commitments of cognitive neuroscientists. Daniel Dennett and John Searle then criticize their position, and Bennett and Hacker respond. … Continue reading

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“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” and its Significance

Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions is one of the most cited books of the twentieth century. Its iconic and controversial nature has obscured its message. What did Kuhn really intend with Structure and what is its real significance? Thomas Kuhn’s … Continue reading

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Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature

This book is a further contribution to the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology.It is an ambitious attempt to explain the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing to link philosophy of mind to more general … Continue reading

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Theory and Reality – an Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

How does science work? Does it tell us what the world is “really” like? What makes it different from other ways of understanding the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses these questions by taking the reader on a … Continue reading

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Einstein and the Development of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science

The development of Einstein’s philosophy and the development of logical empiricism were both driven in crucial ways by the quest for an empiricism that could defend the empirical integrity of general relativity in the face of neo-Kantian critiques. But logical … Continue reading

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Brain Theory: Essays in Critical Neurophilosophy

From its beginnings until the present day, neuroscience has always had a special relationship to philosophy. And philosophy has long puzzled over the relation between mind and brain (and by extension, the relation of cerebral processes to freedom, morals, and … Continue reading

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The Divergence of Thought in Science & Philosophy: Could “Complexity” be New Common Ground?

Knowledge is a gift best appreciated when we don’t try to think about it. As a topic of focus, it frequently defies words. It grows more elusive as we attempt to draw closer to its source. And, though we make … Continue reading

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