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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology


Author: Sarah Robins

Publisher: Routledge


Publish Date: March 16, 2009

ISBN-10: 415396328

Pages: 700

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology follows Ned Block’s classic anthology, Readings in Philosophy of Psychology (1980/1) by nearly thirty years. The differences between these two books signal the changed character, as well as the dramatic expansion, of the field. In this introduction, we describe some of the prominent characteristics of the Companion and explain how it reflects the current state of the field.

In recent decades and across almost all domains in the brain and behavioral sciences, there has been a steady push towards multidisciplinary collaboration and cooperation. This development means that it has become increasingly difficult to draw nonarbitrary disciplinary boundaries between research programs. Philosophers of psychology have been influenced by and have responded to the growing interdisciplinarity of the psychological enterprise. As psychological research has become an increasingly inclusive endeavor, encompassing a broad range of inquiries – from molecular-level investigations to social and organizational psychology – philosophy of psychology has grown well beyond its original set of core concerns. Today, the philosophy of psychology has its own agendas and is motivated by concerns which can be distinguished from those problems and questions that informed its roots in philosophy of mind. No longer is philosophy of psychology directed solely towards questions of rationality, modularity, nativism and intentionality. This is probably the most obvious change in the thirty years since the publication of Block’s anthology.

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