Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals

By: Paul M. Churchland

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Minimal wear to covers. Spine not cresed. Internally clean. 289pp A noted philosopher draws on the empirical results and conceptual resources of cognitive neuroscience to address questions about the nature of knowledge. In Plato's Camera, eminent philosopher Paul Churchland offers a novel account of how the brain constructs a representation-or "takes a picture"-of the universe's timeless categorical and dynamical structure. This construction process, which begins at birth, yields the enduring background conceptual framework with which we will interpret our sensory experience for the rest of our lives. But, as even Plato knew, to make singular perceptual judgments requires that we possess an antecedent framework of abstract categories to which any perceived particular can be relevantly assimilated. How that background framework is assembled in the first place is the motivating mystery, and the primary target, of Churchland's book. Unexpectedly, this neurobiologically grounded account of human cognition also provides a systematic story of how such low-level epistemological activities are integrated within an enveloping framework of linguistic structures and regulatory mechanisms at the social level. As Churchland illustrates, this integration of cognitive mechanisms at several levels has launched the human race on an epistemological adventure denied to all other terrestrial creatures.

Title: Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals

Author Name: Paul M. Churchland

Categories: Scientific/Technical,

Edition: First Paper Edition

Publisher: USA, The MIT Press: 2013

ISBN Number: 0262525186

ISBN Number 13: 9780262525183

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Size: 150mm x 225mm

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