. . . an excellent overview of the current state of the field with arguments for and against the guiding concepts. The book is worth buying solely for the paper by Antti Revonsuo. . . .The papers are of excellent quality . . .
Theory and Method in the Neurosciences surveys the nature and structure of theories in contemporary neuroscience, exploring many of its methodological techniques and problems. The essays explore basic questions about how to relate theories of neuroscience and cognition, the multilevel character of such theories, and their experimental bases. Philosophers and scientists (and some who are both) examine the topics of explanation and mechanisms, simulation and computation, imaging and animal models that raise questions about the forefront of research in cognitive neuroscience. Their work will stimulate new thinking in anyone interested in the mind or brain and in recent theories of their connections.
This book contains an impressive number of serious and informed philosophical reflections on the neurosciences. It will interest neuroscientists with a theoretical bent, and it will inspire any philosopher who is interested in the neurosciences.
Peter Machamer is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is coeditor, with Gereon Wolters, of Thinking about Causes: From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics and Science, Values, and Objectivity, among other books.
Peter McLaughlin (Ph.D. 1986, Berlin) has been with the philosophy department at the University of Konstanz since 1989. His publications include Kants Kritik der teleologischen Urteilskraft; Exploring the Limits of Pre-classical Mechanics; and What Functions Explain.