The Prehistory of Cognitive Science

Hardcover | January 23, 2007

byAndrew Brook

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Featuring contributions from leading figures such as Noam Chomsky, Don Ross, Andrew Brook and Patricia Kitcher, this book traces the philosophical roots behind contemporary understandings of cognition, forming both a convincing case for the centrality of philosophy to the history of neuroscience and cognitive psychology, as well as a revealing insight into the way in which ideas have developed, influenced and ultimately moulded our modern view of the mind

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Featuring contributions from leading figures such as Noam Chomsky, Don Ross, Andrew Brook and Patricia Kitcher, this book traces the philosophical roots behind contemporary understandings of cognition, forming both a convincing case for the centrality of philosophy to the history of neuroscience and cognitive psychology, as well as a r...

ANDREW BROOK is Professor of Philosophy and Director, Institute of Cognitive Science. Educated at the Universities of Alberta and Oxford (D. Phil.), he has been at various times Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Carleton, President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, and National Council Member of the Canadian Psychoanalyti...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.73 × 5.67 × 0.82 inPublished:January 23, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230013392

ISBN - 13:9780230013391

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
PART I: THE ROOTS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE IN THE EARLY MODERN ERA
The Separation of Thought and Action in Western Tradition; S.Ohlsson
Language and Thought: Descartes and Some Reflections on Venerable Themes; N.Chomsky
Hobbes' Challenge; M.Dascal
Doing It His Way: Hume's Theory of Ideas and Contemporary Cognitive Science; A.J.Jacobson
Kant and Cognitive Science; A.Brook
PART II: INNOVATIONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
The Early Darwinians, Natural Selection and Cognitive Science; D.Ross
Wundt's Theoretical Psychology: An Unknown Legacy From a Gilded Age; A.L.Blumenthal
Frege: Furnishing Formal Foundations; P.Simons
Remembering William James; T.B.Henley
Freud's Interdisciplinary Fiasco; P.Kitcher

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"A useful collection tracing some of the rarely-acknowledged sources of ideas in cognitive science."--Maggie Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex"One attraction, and challenge, of cognitive science is the range of disciplines it integrates. A scientific theory of mind requires, it now appears, ideas from fields as diverse as computation, evolution, neurobiology, and physics. The Prehistory of Cognitive Science admirably explores many central ideas in contemporary cognitive science, and provides an illuminating historical context in which to better understand the provenance of current conceptions and debates. Its focus on key ideas and their most influential proponents makes the book ideal for the reader who wants a concise, and engaging, intellectual history of the field."--Donald D. Hoffman, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine