Article ID: CBB001252230

Mario Bunge's Materialist Theory of Mind and Contemporary Cognitive Science (2012)


Slezak, Peter (Author)

Science and Education
Volume: 21, no. 10
Issue: 10
Pages: 1475-1484

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Mario Bunge: Evaluations of His Systematic Philosophy”
Language: English

Bunge's writings on the mind--body problem provide a rigorous, analytical antidote to the persistent anti-materialist tendency that has characterized the history of philosophy and science. Bunge gives special attention to dualism and its shortcomings, and this attention is welcome in view of the resurgence of the doctrine today. However, I focus my comments selectively on Bunge's more controversial, provocative claims, not to dismiss them, but to engage with them seriously. For example, a difficulty arising from Bunge's rhetorical style and its undoubted virtues is that not all the targets of his selfconfessed bashings (2010, xi) are equally deserving. For example, Bunge suggests most contemporary philosophers of mind are indifferent to psychology, or are remarkably uninformed about it. This charge cannot be sustained today in light of the work of foremost philosophers today.

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Authors & Contributors
Matthews, Michael R.
Gere, Cathy
Kaitaro, Timo
Hedfors, Eva
Díez, José A.
Lutz, Sebastian
Science and Education
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
California Institute of Integral Studies
Gangemi Editore
Altrimedia Edizioni
Philosophy of science
History of philosophy of science
Mind and body
Bunge, Mario
Popper, Karl Raimund
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Putnam, Hilary
Fleck, Ludwik
Beck, Guido
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
21st century
United States

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