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Where Biology Meets Psychology: Philosophical Essays (Bradford Books) Paperback – 30 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (30 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262581744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262581745
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,465,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-- Robert Cummins, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis

" "Where Biology Meets Psychology" is a welcome addition to the growing literature linking biology--especially neuroscience and evolution--to psychology and the philosophy of mind. This volume has the further advantage of not being another gathering of the usual suspects." -- Robert Cummins, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis

& quot; Where Biology Meets Psychology is a welcome addition to the growing literature linking biology--especially neuroscience and evolution--to psychology and the philosophy of mind. This volume has the further advantage of not being another gathering of the usual suspects.& quot; -- Robert Cummins, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis

""Where Biology Meets Psychology" is a welcome addition to the growing literature linking biology--especially neuroscience and evolution--to psychology and the philosophy of mind. This volume has the further advantage of not being another gathering of the usual suspects."--Robert Cummins, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis

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Valerie Gray Hardcastle is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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As I have been doing some research and study in the area of philosophical psychology I found this book rewarding as it expanded the horizons of my study in the area. Well written and informative. Good reference work for anyone interested in the philosophical underpinnings of biology.
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HASH(0x96ae7408) out of 5 stars Problematic Biologization of Psychology 17 Nov. 2007
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As Brent Slife and I noted regarding this book in our review in _Contemporary Psychology_, with psychologists finding themselves weighing the merits of prescription privileges-a traditionally biological intervention-and viewing what were once distinctly psychological diagnoses (e.g., depression) as fundamentally biological in nature, books such as this are increasingly more warranted. Relatively new specialties, such as evolutionary psychology and cognitive science, have sprouted and apparently flourished through essentially biological explanations of traditionally psychological phenomena. However, this book is recommended to only a very limited audience in psychology. First, the book is incredibly dense, seemingly written with philosophers in mind. So, if you regularly read the work of professional philosophers, particularly when they write to other philosophers as their primary audience, then by all means dive into this work. Furthermore, I am disappointed to say that those in psychology with the most to gain from this book--neuroscientists, evolutionary psychologists, cognitive scientists, psychopharmacologists--will likely have the most difficult time discerning its messages. Indeed, without professional help (i.e., another philosopher), I fear that critical issues in the biologization of psychology will be misinterpreted or missed entirely. Finally, it is apparent that the perspective of the authors of the various chapters in this book is quite singular: offering only biological explanations of psychological phenomena (biologization of psychology). I certainly hope another biology/psychology edited book will explore more holistic understandings of psychological phenomena.
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