In this collection of essays, Paul Churchland explores the unfolding impact of the several empirical sciences of the mind, especially cognitive neurobiology and computational neuroscience on a variety of traditional issues central to the discipline of philosophy. Representing Churchland's most recent research, they continue his research program, launched over thirty years ago, and which has evolved into the field of neurophilosophy.
1. Catching consciousness in a recurrent network; 2. Functionalism at forty: a critical perspective; 3. Toward a cognitive neurobiology of the moral virtues; 4. Rules, know-how, and the future of moral cognition; 5. Science, religion, and American educational policy; 6. What happens to reliabilism when it is liberated from the propositional attitudes; 7. On the nature of intelligence: Turing, Church, von Neumann, and the brain; 8. Neurosemantics: on the mapping of minds and the portrayal of worlds; 9. Chimerical colors: some phenomenological predictions from cognitive neuroscience; 10. On the reality (and diversity) of objective colors; 11. Into the brain: where philosophy should go from here.
"I recommend this book to those beginning their work in the philosophy of mind, or to those who, though experienced philosophers of mind, are ready to revisit Churchland's neurophilosophy." --Andrew Fenton, Dalhousie University: Philosophy in Review