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Explaining the Brain. Carl F. Craver. Abstract. What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad? This book constructs and defends standards for. Carl Craver’s recent book offers an account of the explanatory and Review of explaining the brain: mechanisms and the mosaic unity of neuroscience. Carl Craver’s Explaining the Brain admirably fills that gap. The science, according to Craver, consists in telling ever more detailed stories.

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This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. A Clarendon Press Publication. What distinguishes good explanations in neuroscience from bad?

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Craver constructs and defends standards for evaluating neuroscientific explanations that are grounded in a systematic view of what neuroscientific explanations are: In developing this approach, he draws on a wide range of examples in the history of neuroscience e. Hodgkin and Huxleys model of the action potential and LTP as a putative explanation for different kinds of memoryas well as recent philosophical work on the nature of scientific explanation.

Readers in neuroscience, psychology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science will find much to provoke and stimulate them in this book. Starting With Neuroscience 1. Explanations in Neuroscience Describe Mechanisms. Explanations in Neuroscience are Multilevel 4. Explanations in Neuroscience Integrate Multiple Fields 5. Criteria of Adequacy for xraver Account of Explanation Chapter 2.

Explanation and Causal Relevance 1. How Calcium Explains Neurotransmitter Release 3. Explanation and Representation 4. The Covering-Law Model 5.

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Explaining the Brain by Carl F. Craver

The Explainiing Model 6. Causal Relevance and Manipulation 1. The Mechanism of Long-Term Potentiation 3. Causation as Transmission 3. Transmission and Causal Relevance 3. Omission and Prevention 4. Causation and Mechanical Connection 5. Manipulation and Causation 5. Invariance, Fragility, and Contingency 5.

Manipulation and Criteria for Explanation 5. Manipulation, Omission, and Prevention 6. The Norms of Mechanistic Explanation 1. Two Normative Distinctions 3.

Explaining the Action Potential 4. The Explanandum Phenomenon 5. Relevance and the Boundaries of Mechanisms 8. Interlevel Experiments and Constitutive Relevance 8.

Constitutive Relevance as Mutual Manipulability 9. A Field-Guide to Levels 1. Levels of Spatial Memory 3. A Field-Guide to Levels 3. Levels of Science Units and Products 3. Levels of Nature 3. Causal Levels Processing and Control 3. Levels of Size 3. Levels of Composition 3. Levels of Mereology 3. Levels of Aggregativity 3.

Levels of Mechanisms 4. Conclusion Chapter 6 Nonfundamental Explanation 1. Causal Relevance and Making a Difference 3. Contrasts and Switch-Points 4. Causal Powers at Higher Levels of Mechanisms 5. Causal Relevance among Realized Properties 6. The Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience 1. Reduction and the History of Neuroscience 2.

The Mechanistic Shift 2. Mechanism as a Working Hypothesis 3. Intralevel Integration and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience 3. The Space of Possible Mechanisms 3. Specific Constraints on the Space of Possible Mechanisms 3. Reduction and the Intralevel Integration of Fields 4. Interlevel Integration and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience 4. What is Interlevel Integration? Constraints on Interlevel Integration 4. Spatial and Temporal Interlevel Constraints 4.

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Interlevel Manipulability Constraints 4. Mosaic Interlevel Integration 5.

Explaining the Brain

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 Explaining the Brain is timely, well-written, and meticulously argued I highly recommend this text to anyone with any interest in how theories in neuroscience are constructed As one of the first in-depth treatments of theory-construction in neuroscience, Craver’s book sets the bar high.

It will be difficult indeed to surpass this work in the near future. In summary, Craver’s text is a read which is intense fraver Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Cravfr.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Academic Skip to main content. Choose your country or region Close. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords exlaining book explaoning chapter level. Craver A Clarendon Press Publication.

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