1st Edition

Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience A Philosophical Introduction

    540 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    540 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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. 

    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


    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).