The biological mind : a philosophical introduction / Justin Garson
- Garson, Justin
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (209 pages)
- Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; References; 1 Altruism and egoism; 1.1 What is altruism?; 1.2 A social experiment; 1.3 The nature of natural selection; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 2 Designed for altruism; 2.1 The puzzle of kindness; 2.2 Groups and individuals; 2.3 Group selection and kin selection; 2.4 Parents and children; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 3 Evolution and psychology; 3.1 Evolution and the mind; 3.2 Sociobiology; 3.3 Cultural evolution; 3.4 Human behavioral ecology., 3.5 Evolutionary psychology3.6 Adaptation and adaptationism; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 4 Nature and nurture; 4.1 What is innateness?; 4.2 Innateness and learning; 4.3 Genes and environment; 4.4 Innateness and genetic information; 4.5 Robustness and plasticity; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 5 Consciousness, reduction, and the brain; 5.1 How to reduce theories to one another; 5.2 Reductive mechanistic explanation; 5.3 Ruthless reduction; 5.4 Smooth reductions, bumpy reductions, and elimination; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References., 6 The neuroscience of free will6.1 Critical neuro-epistemology; 6.2 Did neuroscience debunk free will?; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 7 How the mind makes meaning; 7.1 Function and teleology; 7.2 Function and representation; 7.3 Making and using representations; 7.4 Problems of indeterminacy; 7.5 Explaining novel representations; Chapter summary and suggested readings; References; 8 Psychiatry and the mismatched mind; 8.1 Psychiatry and the crisis of legitimacy; 8.2 Designed for madness; 8.3 Developmental switches and predictive adaptive responses., and 8.4 Developmental plasticity and imprintingChapter summary and suggested readings; References; Glossary; Index.
- For some, biology explains all there is to know about the mind. Yet many big questions remain: is the mind shaped by genes or the environment? If mental traits are the result of adaptations built up over thousands of years, as evolutionary psychologists claim, how can such claims be tested? If the mind is a machine, as biologists argue, how does it allow for something as complex as human consciousness?The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction explores these questions and more, using the philosophy of biology to introduce and assess the nature of the mind. Drawing on the four key themes.
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