A neuron doctrine in the philosophy of neuroscience

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (5):809-830 (1999)
It is widely held that a successful theory of the mind will be neuroscientific. In this paper we ask, first, what this claim means, and, secondly, whether it is true. In answer to the first question, we argue that the claim is ambiguous between two views–one plausible but unsubstantive, and one substantive but highly controversial. In answer to the second question, we argue that neither the evidence from neuroscience itself nor from other scientific and philosophical considerations supports the controversial view
Keywords Churchlands   classical conditioning   cognitive neuroscience   Kandel   learning   materialism   mind   naturalism   neurobiology   neuron doctrine   neurophilosophy   philosophy of neuroscience   psychology   reduction   theoretical unification
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X99002198
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