Tuesday, June 04, 2013

book review: philosophical foundations of neuroscience

notredame | Neuroscience is the study of the physiological mechanisms that give rise to a manifold of human capacities, including perception, memory, vision and the emotions. To achieve the goals of scientific understanding, neuroscientists must of necessity advance claims and hypotheses which are subjected to scientific experiment. In addition to experimental techniques, neuroscientists need a conceptual framework within which to make sense of the results of their empirical work. In short, a necessary complement to empirical research is a coherent conception of the phenomena under investigation, that is, human psychological capacities.

Bennett - a distinguished neuroscientist - and Hacker - the preeminent scholar of Wittgenstein's thought - have teamed up to produce a withering attack on the conception of the mental that lies at the heart of contemporary neuroscience. Although neuroscientists are committed materialists, and adamantly insist on this aspect of their anti-Cartesianism, they have, Bennett and Hacker argue, merely jettisoned the dual substance doctrine of Cartesianism, but retained its faulty structure with respect to the relation of mind and behavior.

2 comments:

umbrarchist said...

Was that something other than pseudo-intellectual gobble-dee-gook?


So we have to look up Cartesianism and anti-Cartesianism to figure that out. Does this inherently contain the European perspective of reality.


Freud did not study human psychology. He studied European psychology.


Thinking outside your cultural box may not be easy.

Dale Asberry said...

Was that something other than pseudo-intellectual gobble-dee-gook?

It must be if our resident pseudo-intellectual extraordinaire says so! Physics! Accounting! Reading list!