Explaining the Brain

Paperback | July 2, 2009

byCarl F. Craver

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What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? Carl F. Craver constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: descriptions of multilevel mechanisms. In developingthis approach, he draws on a wide range of examples in the history of neuroscience (e.g. Hodgkin and Huxley's model of the action potential and LTP as a putative explanation for different kinds of memory), as well as recent philosophical work on the nature of scientific explanation. Readers inneuroscience, psychology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science will find much to provoke and stimulate them in this book.

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What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? Carl F. Craver constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: descriptions of multilevel mechanisms. In developingthis approach, he draws on a wide range of exam...

Carl F. Craver is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:July 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: Starting With Neuroscience2. Explanation and Causal Relevance3. Causal Relevance and Manipulation4. The Norms of Mechanistic Explanation5. A Field-Guide to Levels6. Nonfundamental Explanation7. The Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience

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Review from previous edition: "Given how much attention has been paid to neuroscience, it is little surprising how slow philosophy of science has been in exploring the philosophical issues involved in explaining the brain and using the brain to explain behaviour. Carl Craver'sbook...represents this new direction, and an excellent addition to a burgeoning field it is...Explaining the Brain is timely, well-written, and meticulously argued...I highly recommend this text to anyone with any interest in how theories in neuroscience are constructed...Craver's book set the barhigh. It will be difficult indeed to surpass this work in the near future." --Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews