This book engages a range of currently debated issues in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, challenging certain cognitivist positions in contemporary neuroscience. In addressing each topic, an effort is made to illuminate the historical-philosophical origins of the problems confronted, exposing a central the way in which various forms of philosophical materialism are often uncritically invoked to buttress 'scientific' claims about the human mind/brain and behavior. The authors conclude that a radical reorientation is required if the confusion that permeates the field is to be eliminated.
Dr. Jeff Coulter is Professor of Sociology and Associate Faculty Member in Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University Dr. Wes Sharrock is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester.
Acknowledgements; Foreword by Dr. P.M.S. Hacker; Introduction; Neural Metaphysics; Materialist Conceptions of Mind: A Reappraisal; Neural Causation and Freedom of Action; Consciousness: The Last Mystery?; Memory: Explaining Capacities versus Explaining Performances; Dissolving the 'Projection Problem'; Fetishing 'Syntax'; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.