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Summary The philosophy of neuroscience includes applications of neuroscience to philosophical problems as well as philosophical investigations of neuroscience. The application of neuroscience to philosophical problems (such as problems in philosophy of mind) is sometimes referred to as "neurophilosophy". The philosophical investigation of neuroscience is a sub-discipline of the philosophy of science.
Key works See the pioneering Churchland 1986 for an early overview of key themes in philosophy of neuroscience. Anthologies of note include Bickle 2009 and Bechtel et al 2001.
Introductions For a concise introductory overview, see Bickle et al 2006. See also Mandik & Brook 2007 and Bechtel et al 2001.
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  2. Benedict C. Albensi, Erin V. Ilkanich, Gabriele Dini & Damir Janigro (2004). Elements of Scientific Visualization in Basic Neuroscience Research. BioScience 54 (12):1127.
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  4. Garland E. Allen (2004). A Pact with the Embryo: Viktor Hamburger, Holistic and Mechanistic Philosophy in the Development of Neuroembryology, 1927-1955. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 37 (3):421 - 475.
    Viktor Hamburger was a developmental biologist interested in the ontogenesis of the vertebrate nervous system. A student of Hans Spemann at Freiburg in the 1920s, Hamburger picked up a holistic view of the embryo that precluded him from treating it in a reductionist way; at the same time, he was committed to a materialist and analytical approach that eschewed any form of vitalism or metaphysics. This paper explores how Hamburger walked this thin line between mechanistic reductionism and metaphysical vitalism in (...)
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  5. John Allen (1997). Pragmatic Neuropsychology A Review of The Neurological Side Of Neuropsychology by Richard Cytowic. [REVIEW] Psyche 3.
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  6. Joachim Allgaier, Sharon Dunwoody, Dominique Brossard, Yin-Yueh Lo & Hans Peter Peters (2013). Journalism and Social Media as Means of Observing the Contexts of Science. BioScience 63 (4):284-287..
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  7. Wayne Andersen (2006). The Four Corners of Our Brain. The European Legacy 11 (2):155-169.
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    Philosophers of mind, both in the conceptual analysis tradition and in the empirical informed school, have been implicitly neglecting the potential conceptual role of the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) in understanding sensory and perceptual states. Instead, the philosophical as well as the neuroscientific literature has been assuming that it is the Central Nervous System (CNS) alone, and more exactly the brain, that should prima facie be taken as conceptually and empirically crucial for a philosophical analysis of such states This is (...)
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  29. James H. Austin (2011). Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen. The MIT Press.
    Based on the Zen philosophy about focusing away from the self, a guide to "neural Zen" meditative practices draws on recent findings in brain research to outline recommendations for various methods of pursuing a balanced, selfless state of ...
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  36. Sheeva Azma (2013). Poverty and the Developing Brain: Insights From Neuroimaging. Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy 4 (1).
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  47. Deanna M. Barch (2002). Disordered Cognitive Control: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. In Donald T. Stuss & Robert T. Knight (eds.), Principles of Frontal Lobe Function. Oxford University Press 428.
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