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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology

1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Robins, John Symons, Paco Calvo


682 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology is an invaluable guide and major reference source to the major 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-two chapters organised into six clear parts:

  • I. Historical background to the philosophy of psychology

    II. Psychological explanation

    III. Cognition and representation

    IV. The biological basis of psychology

    V. Perceptual experience

    VI. 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; personal identity; the philosophy of psychopathology and dreams, emotion and temporality.

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.


'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

'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

Table of Contents

Introduction Paco Calvo and John Symons 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 representation15. Problems of representation 1: nature and role Dan Ryder 16. Problems of representation 2: 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 Bickhard 22. The propositional imagination Shaun Nichols Part 4: The biological basis of psychology 23. Representation and the brain Arthur B. Markman 24. Levels of mechanisms: a field guide to the hierarchical structure of the world Carl F. Craver 25. Cellular and subcellular neuroscience John Bickle 26. Evolutionary models in psychology Michael Wheeler 27. Development and learning Aarre Laakso 28. Understanding embodied cognition through dynamical systems thinking Gregor Schoner and Hendrik Reimann Part 5: Perceptual experience 29. Consciousness Tim Bayne 30. Attention Christopher Mole 31. Introspection Jordi Fernandez 32. Dreaming John Sutton 33. Emotion Anthony P. Atkinson 34. Vision Valtteri Arstila 35. Color Jonathan Cohen 36. Audition Casey O'Callaghan 37. The temporal content of perceptual experience Rick Grush Part 6: Personhood 38. Action and mind Alfred R. Mele 39. Moral judgment Jennifer Nado, Daniel Kelly and Stephen Stich 40. Personal identity Marya Schechtman 41. The name and nature of confabulation William Hirstein 42. Buddhist persons and eudaimonia Owen Flanagan Index

About the Editors

John Symons is a Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, USA.

Paco Calvo is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Murcia, Spain. He is co-editor (with Toni Gomila) of The Handbook of Cognitive Science: An Embodied Approach (2008).

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

Routledge Philosophy Companions offer thorough, high quality surveys and assessments of the major topics and periods in philosophy. Covering key problems, themes and thinkers, all entries are specially commissioned for each volume and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited and organised, Routledge Philosophy Companions are indispensable for anyone coming to a major topic or period in philosophy, as well as for the more advanced reader.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body