The Mind As a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture by Christina E. ErnelingThe Mind As a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture by Christina E. Erneling

The Mind As a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture

EditorChristina E. Erneling, David M. Johnson

Hardcover | January 7, 2005

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What holds together the various fields that are supposed to consititute the general intellectual discipline that people now call cognitive science? In this book, Erneling and Johnson identify two problems with defining this discipline. First, some theorists identify the common subject matteras the mind, but scientists and philosophers have not been able to agree on any single, satisfactory answer to the question of what the mind is. Second, those who speculate about the general characteristics that belong to cognitive science tend to assume that all the particular fields falling underthe rubric--psychology, linguistics, biology, and son on--are of roughly equal value in their ability to shed light on the nature of mind. This book argues that all the cognitive science disciplines are not equally able to provide answers to ontological questions about the mind, but rather thatonly neurophysiology and cultural psychology are suited to answer these questions. However, since the cultural account of mind has long been ignored in favor of the neurophysiological account, Erneling and Johnson bring together contributions that focus especially on different versions of thecultural account of the mind.
Christina E. Erneling is at Lund University. David M. Johnson is at York University.
Title:The Mind As a Scientific Object: Between Brain and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:568 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.42 inPublished:January 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

David Johnson: General IntroductionSection 1. Where Are we at Present, and How Did we Get There?1.0. Christina Erneling: Section Introduction1.1. Rom Harre: The Relevance of the Philosophy of Psychology1.2. Thomas Leahey: Mind as Scientific Object: An Historical, Philosophical Exploration1.3. Jagdish Hattiangadi: The Emergence of Minds in Space and Time1.4. Otniel E. Dror: Is the Mind a Scientific Object of Study?: Lessons from HistorySection 2. Is the Study of Mind Continuous with the Rest of Science?2.0. David Johnson: Section Introduction2.1. Thomas Leahey: Psychology as Engineering2.2. Gunther Stent: Epistemic Dualism2.3. David Olson: Mind, Brain, and Culture2.4. Don Ross: Chalmers' Naturalistic Dualism: A Case Study in the Irrelevance of the Mind-Body Problem to the Scientific Study of Consciousness2.5. William Seager: Emergence and EfficacySection 3. Eliminative Materialism: Sound or Mistaken?3.0. David Johnson: Section Introduction3.1. William Lycan: A Particularly Compelling Refutation of Eliminative Materialism3.2. Ausonio Marras: Common-sense Refutations of Eliminativism3.3. David Henderson and Terrance Horgan: What Does it Take to be a True Believer?: Against the Opulent Ideology of Eliminative Materialism3.4. Barbara Von Eckhardt: Connectionism and the Propositional AttitudesSection 4. Is Mind Just another Name for the Brain and What the Brain Does?4.0. Christina Erneling: Section Introduction4.1. Martin Ingvar: All in the Interest of Time-On the Problem of Speed and Cognition4.2. Vinod Goel: Can There Be a Cognitive Neuroscience of Central Cognitive Systems?4.3. Itiel Dror and Robin Thomas: The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory: A Framework for the Science of Mind4.4. Tadeusz Zadwidski and William Bechtel: Gall's Legacy Revisited: Decomposition and Localization in Cognitive NeuroscienceSection 5. Does Evolution Provide a Key to the Scientific Study of Mind?5.0. Christina Erneling: Section Introduction5.1. Peter Grdenfors: The Emergence of Thought5.2. Jagdish Hattiangadi: The Mind as an Object of Scientific Study5.3. Stuart Shanker and Talbot J. Taylor: The Significance of Ape Language Research5.4. Charles Lumsden: I-Object: Mind and Brain as Darwinian ThingsSection 6. Is the Mind a Cultural Entity?6.0. David Johnson: Section Introduction6.1. Jerome Bruner: Ignace Meyerson and Cultural Psychology6.2. David Bakhurst: Strong Culturalism6.3. Jens Brockmeier: 'Text' as a Model of the MindSection 7. Rationality: Cultural or Natural?7.0. Christina Erneling: Section Introduction7.1. Timothy van Gelder: Beyond the Mind-Body Problem7.2. Ian Jarvie: Workshop Rationality and the Reasonable Persistence of Dogmatism7.3. Christina E. Erneling: Is Cognitive Development Equivalent to Scientific Development?7.4. David Martel Johnson: Mind, Brain, and the Upper Paleolithic8.1Christina Erneling: Afterword

Editorial Reviews

"This is an unusually cogent book, whose editors look beyond the accepted disciplinary structures of cognitive science to the environment and human culture in order to examine 'mind.' Erneling and Johnson succeed admirably in exploring the alternative of the cultural approach to mentality,whilst recognizing the significance of neurophysiology."--The Mind as a Scientific Object