Critique of Neuroscience & Philosophy (Dennett and Searle)

  • November 2, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Topic for November: Neuroscience & Philosophy

On November 2 & again on November 16, we will consider what neuroscience can tell us about consciousness.

The questions will start with “Can a person’s brain be conscious?” This and similar questions are addressed by four philosophers in their response to the book Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience by Bennett and Hacker.

On November 2, we consider the critiques given by Daniel Dennett & John Searle.

On November 16, we consider the critiques given by Paul Churchand & Daniel Robinson.

We will focus on a shorter form of the book, also by the same authors (Neuroscience & Philosophy). The four philosophers are Paul Churchland, Daniel Dennett, John Searle and Daniel Robinson. Our basic texts will be the shorter version (Neuroscience & Philosophy) and a review by Paul Churchland.

The book Neuroscience and Philosophy is available from Amazon and other sources for between $10 and $20.

Neuroscience and Philosophy is also available as a pdf on the web. Here is the link:,%20Mind,%20and%20Language.pdf

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