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Author Kästner, Lena, 1986- author

Title Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience : Causal Explanations, Mechanisms and Experimental Manipulations / Lena Kästner
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (266 pages)
Series Epistemic Studies ; 37
Epistemic Studies ; 37
Contents Frontmatter -- Preface -- Contents -- List of Figures -- 1. Introduction -- Part I: Stage Setting -- 2. Braining Up Psychology -- 3. The Life of Mechanisms -- 4. The Interventionist View -- 5. Intermezzo: What's at Stake? -- Part II: Puzzles -- 6. The Unsuccessful Marriage -- 7. Causation vs. Constitution -- 8. Beyond Mutual Manipulability -- 9. Interventionism's Short-Sightedness -- 10. Intermezzo: Well Then? -- Part III: Shopping for Solutions -- 11. Fixing Interventionism -- 12. Mere Interactions -- 13. Excursus: A Perspectival View -- 14. Mere Interactions at Work: A Catalog of Experiments -- 15. Conclusions -- References -- Key Terms -- Index
Summary How do cognitive neuroscientists explain phenomena like memory or language processing? This book examines the different kinds of experiments and manipulative research strategies involved in understanding and eventually explaining such phenomena. Against this background, it evaluates contemporary accounts of scientific explanation, specifically the mechanistic and interventionist accounts, and finds them to be crucially incomplete. Besides, mechanisms and interventions cannot actually be combined in the way usually done in the literature. This book offers solutions to both these problems based on insights from experimental practice. It defends a new reading of the interventionist account, highlights the importance of non-interventionist studies for scientific inquiry, and supplies a taxonomy of experiments that makes it easy to see how the gaps in contemporary accounts of scientific explanation can be filled. The book concludes that a truly empirically adequate philosophy of science must take into account a much wider range of experimental research than has been done to date. With the taxonomy provided, this book serves a stepping-stone leading into a new era of philosophy of science--for cognitive neuroscience and beyond
Analysis (BISAC Subject Heading)PHI004000
(BISAC Subject Heading)SCI089000: SCI089000 SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
(Produktform)Electronic book text
(Produktrabattgruppe)PR: rabattbeschränkt/Bibliothekswerke
(Zielgruppe)Fachpublikum/ Wissenschaft
Neuroscience; philosophy of science; interventionist causation
interventionist causation
philosophy of science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Jun 2017)
Subject Cognitive neuroscience -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110529203
9783110530940 (electronic bk.)