MATTER AND CONSCIOUSNESS : A CONTEMPORAR

By: PAUL M. CHURCHLAND

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In "Matter and Consciousness," Paul Churchland clearly presents the advantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism, reductive materialism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. This new edition incorporates the striking developments that have taken place in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence and notes their expanding relevance to philosophical issues.

Churchland organizes and clarifies the new theoretical and experimental results of the natural sciences for a wider philosophical audience, observing that this research bears directly on questions concerning the basic elements of cognitive activity and their implementation in real physical systems. (How is it, he asks, that living creatures perform some cognitive tasks so swiftly and easily, where computers do them only badly or not at all?) Most significant for philosophy, Churchland asserts, is the support these results tend to give to the reductive and the eliminative versions of materialism.

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Title: MATTER AND CONSCIOUSNESS : A CONTEMPORAR

Author Name: PAUL M. CHURCHLAND

Categories: RB MBC LOFT,

Publisher: MIT PRESS:

ISBN Number: 0262530740

ISBN Number 13: 9780262530743

Binding: TRADE PAPERBACK

Book Condition: VERY GOOD CONDITION

Seller ID: IM59144

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