Philosophy and Neuroscience

A Ruthlessly Reductive Account

  • John┬áBickle

Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. John Bickle
    Pages 163-215
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 217-235

About this book


Philosophy and Neuroscience: A Ruthlessly Reductive Account is the first book-length treatment of philosophical issues and implications in current cellular and molecular neuroscience. John Bickle articulates a philosophical justification for investigating "lower level" neuroscientific research and describes a set of experimental details that have recently yielded the reduction of memory consolidation to the molecular mechanisms of long-term potentiation (LTP). These empirical details suggest answers to recent philosophical disputes over the nature and possibility of psycho-neural scientific reduction, including the multiple realization challenge, mental causation, and relations across explanatory levels. Bickle concludes by examining recent work in cellular neuroscience pertaining to features of conscious experience, including the cellular basis of working memory, the effects of explicit selective attention on single-cell activity in visual cortex, and sensory experiences induced by cortical microstimulation. 


Action Cognitive Neuroscience attention cognitive science memory mind neurophysiology neuroscience psychology receptor reduction science

Authors and affiliations

  • John┬áBickle
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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