Monday, January 25, 2010

Mini-bibliography of philosophy of neuroscience

I hereby continue serving up steamy draft chunks of my Oxford Bibliography on Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Now, with more brain flavor:

PHILOSOPHY OF NEUROSCIENCE
Though there’s considerable overlap with work in ELIMINATIVISM and REDUCTIONISM , in the past two decades philosophy of neuroscience has taken off as a subdiscipline of its own. Probably the most comprehensive of the article-length overviews is Bickle, Mandik, and Landreth (2006), but see also Brook and Mandik (2007). Anthologies of key works in philosophy of neuroscience are Bechtel et al (2001), Bickle (2009), Brook and Akins (2005), and Machamer, Grush, and McLaughlin (2001). Two excellent research monographs by philosophers of neuroscience are Bechtel (2008) and Bickle (2003).

Bechtel, W., Mandik, P., Mundale, J., & Stufflebeam, R. (Eds.). (2001). Philosophy and the Neurosciences: A Reader. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
A collection of both classic and newer works in the field.

Bechtel, W. (2008). Mental Mechanisms: Philosophical Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience. London: Routledge.
A research monograph presenting Bechtel’s distinctive take on the philosophy of neuroscience.

Bickle, J., Mandik, P., & Landreth, A. (2006). The Philosophy of Neuroscience [Electronic Version]. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2006 Edition), from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2006/entries/neuroscience/
The most comprehensive of the article-length treatments of the philosophy of neuroscience.

Bickle, J. (Ed.). (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
A wide ranging and up to date collection of articles by main key contributors to the area.

Bickle, J. (2003). Philosophy and Neuroscience: A ruthlessly reductive account. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic.
A research monograph presenting Bickle’s distinctive take on the philosophy of neuroscience.

Brook, A., & Mandik, P. (2007). The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement. Analyse & Kritik, 29(1), 3-23.
An overview of the philosophy of neuroscience that pays particular attention to issues concerning consciousness.

Brook, A., & Akins, K. (Eds.). (2005). Cognition and the Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A collection of articles based on talks given at a conference dedicated to the topic.


Machamer, P., Grush, R., & McLaughlin, P. (Eds.). (2001). Theory and Method In The Neurosciences. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Of the philosophy of neuroscience anthologies, this one has perhaps the strongest leaning toward the philosophy of science (as opposed to the philosophy of mind).