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Cartographies of the Mind

Philosophy and Psychology in Intersection

  • Massimo Marraffa
  • Mario De Caro
  • Francesco Ferretti


  • Offers a state-of-the-art discussion about the relation between philosophy and psychology, by considering both the general methodological perspective and some of the most relevant psychological and philosophical issues

  • Can be of interest both to philosophers who are interested in psychological research and to psychologists and cognitive scientists who have an interest in the classic traditional questions


Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. The Interplay of Levels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Massimo Marraffa
      Pages 3-22
    3. Roberto Cordeschi, Marcello Frixione
      Pages 37-49
  3. Dimensions of Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Alfredo Paternoster
      Pages 53-64
    3. Fiona Macpherson
      Pages 65-80
    4. Cristina Meini, Alfredo Paternoster
      Pages 105-116
    5. Pierdaniele Giaretta, Paolo Cherubini
      Pages 117-130
    6. Elisabetta Gola
      Pages 131-143
  4. Dimensions of Agency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Giovanni Jervis
      Pages 147-158
    3. Alfred R. Mele
      Pages 159-167
    4. Eddy Nahmias
      Pages 169-185

About this book


The present book is a collection of essays exploring some classical dimensions of mind both from the perspective of an empirically-informed philosophy and from the point of view of a philosophically-informed psychology.

In the last three decades, the level of interaction between philosophy and psychology has increased dramatically. As a contribution to this trend, this book explores some areas in which this interaction has been very productive – or, at least, highly provocative.

The interaction between philosophy and psychology can be of different kinds. For example, psychology can be the subject for philosophy of science. In such a case, the philosopher of science pursues the usual set of issues (explanation, reduction, etc.) within the special case of psychology. Or, philosophy can be the source of proposals for improving psychology. Vice versa, the findings of psychology can be used to criticize philosophical theories and suggest ways to resolve some traditional philosophical questions about the mind, such as the nature of mental representation, perception, emotion, memory, consciousness and free will.

The chapters in this book reflect these different forms of interaction in an effort to clarify issues and debates concerning some traditional cognitive capacities. The result is a philosophically and scientifically up-to-date collection of "cartographies of the mind".


Cognitive science Emotion Mind Neuroscience Philosophy Psychology cognition issue knowledge philosophy of science reduction science

Editors and affiliations

  • Massimo Marraffa
    • 1
  • Mario De Caro
    • 1
  • Francesco Ferretti
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Roma TreRome

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