Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
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José Luis Bermúdez introduces the philosophy of psychology as an interdisciplinary exploration of the nature and mechanisms of cognition. Philosophy of Psychology charts out four influential 'pictures of the mind' and uses them to explore central topics in the philosophical foundations of psychology, including the relation between different levels of studying the mind/brain; the nature and scope of psychological explanation; the architecture of cognition; and the relation between thought and language.
Chapters cover all the core concepts, including:
- models of psychological explanation
- the nature of commonsense psychology
- arguments for the autonomy of psychology
- functionalist approaches to cognition
- computational models of the mind
- neural network modeling
- rationality and mental causation
- perception, action and cognition
- the language of thought and the architecture of cognition.
Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction is a very clear and well-structured textbook from one of the leaders in the field.
for his work in neurophysiology, neuropsychology and neurophi losophy and is currently the director of the Center for Brain Research and Informational Sciences at Radford University in Virginia. He is the recipient of numerous awards, notably the Lifetime Contri bution Award from the Board of Medical Psycho therapists. Karl H. Pribram is a member of the faculty of Staffordshire University and is the author of On Psychological Language (1 989). Graham Richards is Professor and Chair of
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