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Sign in Create an account. Syntax Advanced Search. About us. Editorial team. Carl F. Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press Craver Washington University in St. Carl Craver investigates what we are doing when we sue neuroscience to explain what's going on in the brain. Explanation in Neuroscience in Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Edit this record. Mark as duplicate. Find it on Scholar.

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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. It depicts it as centered around the idea of achieving mechanistic understanding, i. Its core account of mechanistic explanation and relevance is causal-manipulationist in spirit, and offers substantial insight into casual explanation in brain science and the associated notion of levels of explanation.



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Neuroscience has moved front and center in the public scientific consciousness. We all enjoy the color MRI pictures regularly published in news magazines. Newspapers regularly feature the latest in brain research. And pop media commentators interview neuroscientists with greater and greater frequency. Given how much attention has been paid to neuroscience, it is a little surprising how slow philosophy of science has been in exploring the philosophical issues involved in explaining the brain and using the brain to explain behavior. There have been pockets of activity, I would say, but few systematic accounts that explore the field of neuroscience as a whole. Carl Craver's book Explaining the Brain: Mechanisms and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience represents this new direction, and an excellent addition to a burgeoning field it is.


What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? This book constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: descriptions of multilevel mechanisms. In developing this approach, it draws on a wide range of examples in the history of neuroscience e. Keywords: neuroscience , neuroscientific explanation , multilevel mechanisms , Hodgkin , Huxley , action potential , LTP , memory.

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