Review of Metaphysics 41 (2):369-370 (1987)

This work is not addressed to philosophers but to neurological psychologists whose primary concern is the correlation of subjective experience and neurophysiological processes. However, for those philosophers who are concerned with the body-mind problem, the present reviewer would hold this book to be of the first importance: not because the author has fully worked out a theory of that apparently unitary entity called "the person"--she has not--but because she has given solid grounds for dismissing as irrelevant all abstract theoretical models which are not directly and explicitly concerned with actual brain processes and their subjectively experienced correlates. Behaviorism she refers to as "the theory of empty organism", and computer models she refers to as a matter of indulging in "a double analogy, from man to machine, and from machine to man". The result is that the author is in fact dealing directly with "the person"--she uses the word frequently, and means by it that specific entity which is the human entity--and is constantly describing the actual correlations between experience and cerebral "circuits."
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