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Regarding the Mind, Naturally

Naturalist Approaches to the Sciences of the Mental

Editor(s): Marcin Milkowski, Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

Book Description

Naturalism is currently the most vibrantly developing approach to philosophy, with naturalised methodologies being applied across all the philosophical disciplines. One of the areas naturalism has been focussing upon is the mind, traditionally viewed as a topic hard to reconcile with the naturalistic worldview. A number of questions have been pursued in this context. What is the place of the mind in the world? How should we study the mind as a natural phenomenon? What is the significance of cognitive science research for philosophical debates?

In this book, philosophical questions about the mind are asked in the context of recent developments in cognitive science, evolutionary theory, psychology, and the project of naturalisation. Much of the focus is upon what we have learned by studying natural mental mechanisms as well as designing artificial ones. In the case of natural mental mechanisms, this includes consideration of such issues as the significance of deficits in these mechanisms for psychiatry. The significance of the evolutionary context for mental mechanisms as well as questions regarding rationality and wisdom is also explored. Mechanistic and functional models of the mind are used to throw new light on discussions regarding issues of explanation, reduction and the realisation of mental phenomena. Finally, naturalistic approaches are used to look anew at such traditional philosophical issues as the correspondence of mind to world and presuppositions of scientific research.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4341-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4341-5
Date of Publication: 01/02/2013
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £44.99


Konrad Talmont-Kaminski is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Faculty of the University of Finance and Management, Warsaw, Poland, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research focusses upon the philosophy of psychology and the cognitive science of religion. He is currently collaborating upon several research projects aimed at exploring the empirical implications of the theoretical model of religion, which he proposed in his book, Religion as Magical Ideology (Durham: Acumen, 2013).

Marcin Milkowski is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. His main research focus is the philosophy of cognitive science: his work develops a mechanistic and pluralistic account of explanation in cognitive sciences, which he first presented in his book, Explaining the Computational Mind (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2013). He has edited several volumes, including Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity (London: College Publications, 2010) with Konrad Talmont-Kaminski.