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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology

2nd Edition

Edited by Sarah Robins, John Symons, Paco Calvo


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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.


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

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.


About the Editors

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).

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