An Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychology
  • Release Date : 15 January 2015
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 328 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9780521519298
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Download or read book entitled An Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychology by author: Fred Adams which was release on 15 January 2015 and published by Cambridge University Press with total page 328 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. "Our topic here is psychology, the self-styled science of the mind. Psychology's aim is to explain mental phenomena by describing the underlying processes, systems, and mechanisms that give rise to them. These hidden causal levers underlie all of our mental feats, including our richest conscious perceptions, our most subtle chains of reasoning, and our widest-ranging plans and actions. While the phenomena of mind are intimately related to events occurring in the brain, these psychological explanations are, we will argue, distinct and autonomous from explanations in terms of neural processes and mechanisms. According to the view we present here, psychology and neuroscience are different enterprises. We certainly wouldn't claim that our ever-increasing understanding of how the brain works has nothing to say to psychology: on the contrary, they are complimentary, since neuroscience can provide invaluable input to psychological theorizing (and vice versa, a point that we think is not stressed often enough). But our task will be to give a thorough account of the scope, methods, content, and prospects for a distinctive science of our mental lives"--