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2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology

ISBN 9780367336790
Published October 16, 2019 by Routledge
818 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology, Second Edition is an invaluable guide and major reference source to the key topics, problems, concepts, and debates in philosophy of psychology and is the first companion of its kind. A team of renowned international contributors provide forty-eight chapters, organized into six clear parts:

  • Historical background to philosophy of psychology
  • Psychological explanation
  • Cognition and representation
  • The biological basis of psychology
  • Perceptual experience
  • Personhood.

The Companion covers key topics, such as the origins of experimental psychology; folk psychology; behaviorism and functionalism; philosophy, psychology and neuroscience; the language of thought, modularity, nativism, and representational theories of mind; consciousness and the senses; dreams, emotion, and temporality; personal identity; and the philosophy of psychopathology.

For the second edition, six new chapters have been added to address the following important topics: belief and representation in nonhuman animals; prediction error minimization; contemporary neuroscience; plant neurobiology; epistemic judgment; and group cognition.

Essential reading for all students of philosophy of mind, science, and psychology, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology will also be of interest to anyone studying psychology and its related disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition Sarah Robins, John Symons, and Paco Calvo 

Part 1: Historical background to the philosophy of psychology 

1. Rationalist Roots of Modern Psychology Gary Hatfield 

2. Empiricist Roots of Modern Psychology Raymond Martin 

3. Early Experimental Psychology Alan Kim

4. Freud and the Unconscious Edward Erwin 

5. The Early History of the quale and its Relation to the Senses Brian L. Keeley 

6. Behaviourism David Braddon-Mitchell 

7. Cognitivism Alan Garnham 

Part 2: Psychological Explanation 

8. What is Psychological Explanation? William Bechtel and Cory D Wright 

9. Is Folk Psychology a Theory? Ian Ravenscroft 

10. Computational Functionalism Thomas W. Polger 

11. The Interface between Psychology and Neuroscience Valerie Gray Hardcastle 

12. Connectionism Amanda J. C. Sharkey and Noel Sharkey 

13. Embodied Cognition and the Extended Mind Fred Adams and Ken Aizawa 

14. Conceptual Problems in Statistics, Testing and Experimentation David Danks and Frederick Eberhardt 

Part 3: Cognition and Representation 

15. Problems of representation I: nature and role Dan Ryder 

16. Problems of representation II: naturalizing content Dan Ryder 

17. The language of thought Susan Schneider 

18. Modularity Verena Gottschling 

19. Nativism Richard Samuels 

20. Memory Mark Rowlands 

21. Interactivism Mark H. Bickhard 

22. The propositional imagination Shaun Nichols 

23. Belief and Representation in nonhuman animals Sarah Beth Lesson, Brandon Tinklenberg, and Kristin Andrews 

24. Representation in the Prediction Error Minimzation Framework Alex Kiefer and Jakob Hohwy 

Part 4: The Biological Basis of Psychology 

25. Representation and the brain Arthur B. Markman 

26. Levels of mechanisms: a field guide to the hierarchical structure of the world Carl F. Craver 

27. Cellular and subcellular neuroscience John Bickle 

28. Networks and Dynamics: 21st Century Neuroscience William Bechtel 

29. Evolutionary models in psychology Michael Wheeler 

30. Development and Learning Aarre Laakso 

31. Understanding embodied cognition through dynamical systems thinking Gregor Schöner and Hendrix Reimann 

32. The Philosophy of Plant Neurobiology Manuel Heras-Escribano and Paco Calvo 

Part 5: Perceptual Experience 

33. Consciousness Tim Bayne 

34. Attention Christopher Mole 

35. Introspection Jordi Fernández 

36. Dreaming John Sutton 

37. Emotion Anthony P. Atkinson 

38. Vision Valtteri Arstila 

39. Color Johnathan Cohen 

40. Audition Casey O'Callaghan 

41. The temporal content of perceptual experience Rick Grush 

Part 6: Personhood 

42. Action and Mind Alfred R. Mele 

43. Moral Judgment Jennifer Nado, Daniel Kelly, and Stephen Stich 

44. Personal Identity Marya Schechtman 

45. The name and nature of confabulation William Hirstein 

46. Buddhist persons and eudaimonia Owen Flanagan 

47. The Psychology of Epistemic Judgment Jennifer Nagel and Jessica Wright 

48. Group Cognition Deborah Tollefsen and Kevin Ryan. 


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Sarah Robins is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, USA.

John Symons is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, USA.

Paco Calvo is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Murcia, Spain, and Principal Investigator of the Minimal Intelligence Lab (MINT Lab).


Praise for the first edition:

"This work should serve as the standard reference for those interested in gaining a reliable overview of the burgeoning field of philosophical psychology. Summing Up: Essential." – CHOICE

"If someone were to ask me to select a book to be placed in a cornerstone or time capsule to be opened 100 years hence, this book would be on my short list, for it will offer the intellectual historian working in 2110 a clear view of how the mind of our time is understood." Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books

"In sum, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology provides a helpful survey of the issues that define one of today's hottest areas of philosophical research. …The entries are clear, engaging, and balanced, and the companion is, on the whole, a welcome research tool for graduate students and professionals seeking to enrich their understanding of foundational issues in cognitive science." – David Pereplyotchik, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The essays here, by outstanding scholars in philosophy of psychology, are exemplary for their theoretical sophistication, informative explanations of empirical work, and balanced overviews of relevant research areas. Nobody interested in philosophy of psychology will want to be without this excellent volume." David Rosenthal, City University, New York, USA

'This collection provides an exceptionally wide-ranging review of recent advances and theoretical disputes in psychology, and closely related issues in evolutionary biology and neuroscience. It reflects philosophical sophistication, scientific expertise, and historical sensitivity.' – Margaret Boden, University of Sussex, UK

"This is a highly useful and timely collection of essays by philosophers who consider advances in cognitive neuroscience and their relevance for the philosophy of mind. This is a compendium that will help connect the two cultures and I enthusiastically endorse this volume to both communities." Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University, USA

"An excellent collection of new essays, many by major contributors to the literature. No library or individual interested in current work in the philosophy of psychology should wish to be without it." George Graham, Georgia State University, USA