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Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience
A Philosophical Introduction

ISBN 9781138392366
Published February 25, 2022 by Routledge
540 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This carefully designed, multi-authored textbook covers a broad range of theoretical issues in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience. With accessible language, a uniform structure, and many pedagogical features, Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience: A Philosophical Introdution is the best high-level overview of this area for an interdisciplinary readership of students. Written specifically for this volume by experts in their fields who are also experienced teachers, the book’s thirty chapters are organized into the following parts:

I. Background Knowledge
II. Classical Debates
III. Consciousness
IV. Crossing Boundaries

Each chapter starts with relevant key words and definitions and a chapter overview, then presents historical coverage of the topic, explains and analyzes contemporary debates, and ends with a sketch of cutting edge research. A list of suggested readings and helpful discussion topics conclude each chapter. This uniform, student-friendly design makes it possible to teach a cohort of both philosophy and interdisciplinary students without assuming prior understanding of philosophical concepts, cognitive science, or neuroscience.

Key Features:

  • Synthesizes the now decades-long explosion of scientifically informed philosophical research in the study of mind.
  • Expands on the offerings of other textbooks by including chapters on language, concepts and non-conceptual content, and animal cognition.
  • Offers the same structure in each chapter, moving the reader through an overview, historical coverage, contemporary debates, and finally cutting-edge research.
  • Packed with pedagogical features, like defined Key Terms, Suggested Readings, and Discussion Questions for each chapter, as well as a General Glossary.
  •  Provides readers with clear, chapter-long introductions to Cognitive Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Cognition, Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysical Issues, and Epistemic Issues. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mind, Cognition, & Neuroscience  Benjamin D. Young and Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Part I: Background Knowledge
2. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience  Adina Roskies
3. Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Cognition  John Bickle and Ann-Sophie Barwich
4. Introduction to Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience  Kristina Backer
5. Introduction to Philosophy of Mind  Joseph Vukov
6. Introduction to Philosophy of Science  Carlos Mariscal
7. Metaphysical issues of relevance to Cognitive Neuroscience  Crystal L'Hote
8. Epistemic issues pertaining to Neuroscientific methods  Nina Atanasova

Part II: Classical Debates
9. Artificial Intelligence and Computational Theories of Mind  David Noelle and Jeff Yoshimi
10. Modularity  Aleksandra Mroczko-Wasowicz
11. Mental Architecture – computational models of mind  Othalia Larue, Jean-Nicolas Bourdon, Mylène Legault, and Pierre Poirier
12. Language  David Pereplyotchik
13. Mental Content  Tobias Schlict and Krzysztof Dolega
14. Concepts and non-conceptual content  Arnon Cahen
15. Animal Cognition  Irina Mikhalevich

Part III: Consciousness
16. Kinds of Consciousness  Jacob Berger
17. Philosophical Theories of Consciousness  William Lycan
18. Neurobiological Theories of Consciousness  Myrto Mylopoulos
19. Unity of Consciousness  Rocco Gennaro
20. Attention  Carolyn Dicey Jennings
21. Memory  Felipe de Brigard and Sarah Robins
22. The Unconscious Mind  Alon Goldstein and Benjamin Young

Part IV: Crossing Boundaries
23. Perception  Tony Cheng
24. Mental Imagery  Amy Kind
25. Action and Skill  Katia Samoilova
26. Embodiment and Enactivism  Amanda Corris and Tony Chemero
27. Emotions  Sarah Arnaud and Jesse Prinz
28. Social Cognition and Theory of Mind  Evan Westra
29. Neuroscience and Psychopathologies  Alex Pereira, Gemma Lucy Smart, and Dominic Murphy
30. NeuroEthics  Katrina Sifferd and Joshua VanArsdall

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Benjamin D. Young is Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy, a Graduate Faculty in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, and a member of the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. Young has published articles on mental imagery, non-conceptual content, qualitative unconsciousness, and the perceptible objects of smell in journals such as Mind & Language, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, and Philosophical Studies.

Carolyn Dicey Jennings is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at University of California, Merced. She is author of The Attending Mind (Cambridge UP, 2020).