Neuroscience and Philosophy
Philosophers and neuroscientists address central issues in both fields, including morality, action, mental illness, consciousness, perception, and memory.
Philosophers and neuroscientists grapple with the same profound questions involving consciousness, perception, behavior, and moral judgment, but only recently have the two disciplines begun to work together. This volume offers fourteen original chapters that address these issues, each written by a team that includes at least one philosopher and one neuroscientist who integrate disciplinary perspectives and reflect the latest research in both fields. Topics include morality, empathy, agency, the self, mental illness, neuroprediction, optogenetics, pain, vision, consciousness, memory, concepts, mind wandering, and the neural basis of psychological categories.
The chapters first address basic issues about our social and moral lives: how we decide to act and ought to act toward each other, how we understand each other’s mental states and selves, and how we deal with pressing social problems regarding crime and mental or brain health. The following chapters consider basic issues about our mental lives: how we classify and recall what we experience, how we see and feel objects in the world, how we ponder plans and alternatives, and how our brains make us conscious and create specific mental states.
Praise for Neuroscience and Philosophy
"[A] schooling for traditional philosophers on scientific data relevant for the topics they have previously deemed purely theoretical...one that philosophers of morality and mind should (continue to) take seriously....[P]itched at the right level for philosophers to read and appreciate—and I highly recommend that philosophers of mind (and cognate areas) do so. For knowing how the brain works and how it shapes our various mental experiences is fundamental to getting philosophizing about ourselves right."
—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"It is rare to find such direct and sustained correspondence; this is truly a monumental interdisciplinary academic achievement."