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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology

1st Edition

Edited by John Symons, Paco Calvo


704 pages

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Paperback: 9780415493956
pub: 2011-08-02

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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 eight clear parts:

  • historical background
  • the status of psychological theories
  • models of the mind
  • behaviour, development and the brain
  • thought and language
  • perception and consciousness
  • the inner world
  • psychology and the Self.

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.

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

'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, Hamilton College, USA in Metapsychology Online Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction Paco Calvo and John Symons Part 1: Historical Background 1. Rationalist Roots of Modern Psyhology Gary Hatfield 2. Empiricist roots of modern psychology Raymond Martin 3. Origins of Experimental Psychology Alan Kim Part 2: The Status of Psychological Theories 4. Is Folk Psychology a Theory? Ian Ravenscroft 5. What is a Psyhological Explanation William Betchel & Cory Wright 6. The Interface Bewteen Neuroscience and Psychology Valerie Hardcastle Part 3: Modeling the Mind : The Battle of the ‘isms’ 7. Behavourism David Braddon-Mitchell 8. Cognitivism Alan Garnham 9. Computational Functionalism Tom Polger 10. Connectionism Noel Sharkey 11. Dynamicism Gregor Schöner 12. Interactivism Mark Bickhard Part 4: Behavior, Development and the Brain 13. Conceptual Problems in Statistics, Testing and Experimentation David Danks 14. Imaging Technologies Geraint Rees 15. Neural Mehanisms Carl Craver 16. Cellular and Sub-cellular Neuroscience John Bickle 17. Evolutionary Models in Psychology Michael Wheeler 18. Development and Learning Aarre Laakso 19. Embodied Cognition and the Extended Mind Ken Aizawa & Fred Adams 20. Actiona and Mind Alfred Mele Part 5: Thought and Language 21. The Many Problems of Representation Zoltan Dienes 22. Naturalising Content Dan Ryder 23. Language and Thought Susan Schneider 24. Modularity Verena Gottschling 25. Nativism Richard Samuels 26. Non-human Minds and Languages Colin Allen 27. Mind Reading Joseph Cruz 28. Representation and the Brain Art Markman Part 6: Perception and Consciousness 29. Consciousness Timothy Bayne 30. Individuating the Senses Brian Keeley 31. Vision Patricia Churchland & John Jacobson 32. Color Jonathan Cohen 33. Audition Casey O'Callaghan 34. Attention Christopher Mole Part 7: The Inner World 35. Introspection Jordi Fernández 36. Memory Mark Rowland 37. Dreams John Sutton 38. Emotion Anthony Atkinson 39. The Unconscious/Freud Edward Erwin 40. Temporality Rick Grush Part 8 Psychology and the Self 41. Personal Identity Marya Schechtman 42. Emodiment in Schitzophrenia Giovanni Stanghellini 43. Confabulation William Hirstein 44. Aphasis Daniel Kolak 45. (Propositional) Imagination Shaun Nichols 46. Moral Judgements Jennifer Nado, Daniel Kelly & Stephen Stich 47. Buddhist Perspectives Owen Flanagan A Glossary for Philosophy of Psychology Index

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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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body