Science & Education

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Psycho-neural Identity as the Basis for Empirical Research and Theorization in Psychology: An Interview with Mario A. Bunge

  • Javier Virues-Ortega
  • Camilo Hurtado-Parrado
  • Toby L. Martin
  • Flávia Julio


Mario Bunge is one of the most prolific philosophers of our time. Over the past sixty years he has written extensively about semantics, ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science and ethics. Bunge has been interested in the philosophical and methodological implications of modern psychology and more specifically in the philosophies of the relation between the neural and psychological realms. According to Bunge, functionalism, the philosophical stand of current psychology, has limited explanatory power in that neural processes are not explicitly acknowledged as components or factors of psychological phenomena. In Matter and Mind (2010), Bunge has elaborated in great detail the philosophies of the mind-brain dilemma and the basis of the psychoneural identity hypothesis, which suggests that all psychological processes can be analysed in terms of neural and physical phenomena. This article is the result of a long interview with Dr. Bunge on psychoneural identity and brain-behaviour relations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Virues-Ortega
    • 1
    • 2
  • Camilo Hurtado-Parrado
    • 1
  • Toby L. Martin
    • 2
  • Flávia Julio
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.St. Amant Research CentreWinnipegCanada

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