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Boundaries of the Mind

Boundaries of the Mind
The Individual in the Fragile Sciences - Cognition

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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521544948

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  • Where does the mind begin and end? Robert Wilson establishes the foundations for the view that the mind extends beyond the boundary of the individual. He blends traditional philosophical analysis, cognitive science, and the history of psychology and the human sciences. Wilson then develops novel accounts of mental representation and consciousness, discussing a range of other issues, such as nativism and the idea of group minds. Boundaries of the Mind re-evaluates the place of the individual in the cognitive, biological and social sciences (what Wilson calls the fragile sciences) with an emphasis on cognition. The book will appeal to a broad range of professionals and students in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and the history of the behavioral and human sciences. Robert A. Wilson is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is author or editor of five other books, including the award-winning The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MIT Press, 1999).

    • Philosophically ambitious book arguing for the view that the mind extends beyond boundaries of individuals
    • Fully informed by developments in cognitive science, making this a 'state-of-the-art' account of the topic
    • Clearly and accessibly written
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    "[T]his new work offers a comprehensive account of the impact of the debate over individualism for the 'fragile sciences,' Wilson's term for the cognitive, biological, and social sciences. This book will interest philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive scientists. Recommended." D. Haugen, Western Illinois University, CHOICE

    "Boundaries of the Mind is a learned and imaginative work. In it, Wilson greatly expands his ongoing anti-individualist campaign and relates it interestingly to long-standing issues of individualism in the social sciences, to several controversies in genetics and evolutionary theory, and to current disputes over nativism in psychology. I believe most anyone would learn from this book." William G. Lycan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    "This is a brilliant book in which Wilson demonstrates how one of the most important controversies in the philosophy of mind, whether the mind should be understood in individualist or externalist terms, is part of a much larger set of related issues in all of the `fragile Sciences' such as evolutionary biology and anthropology." Frank Keil, Yale University

    "Philosophy is a difficult subject, and philosophical prose is typically dense. It is often easy for a reader to lose the woods for the trees. Wilson's work is absolutely exemplary in helping the reader see the wood and the trees at the same time. Indeed, I have never read clearer philosophical prose." Kim Sterelny, Australian National University

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    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521544948
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Disciplining the Individual and the Mind:
    1. The individual in the fragile sciences
    2. Individuals, psychology and the mind
    3. Nativism on my mind
    Part II. Individualism and Externalism in the Philosophy of Mind and the Cognitive Sciences:
    4. Individualism: philosophical foundations
    5. Metaphysics, mind and science: two views of realization
    6. Context-sensitive realizations
    7. Representation, computation and cognitive science
    Part III. Thinking through and beyond the Body:
    8. The embedded mind and cognition
    9. Expanding consciousness
    10. Intentionality and phenomenology
    Part IV. The Cognitive Metaphor in the Biological and Social Sciences:
    11. Group minds in historical perspective
    12. The group mind hypothesis in contemporary biology and social science
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Robert A. Wilson, University of Alberta
    Robert A. Wilson is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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