Cognitive Neuroscience and the Unity of the Study of Cognition

  • Jean-Michel Roy
Conference paper
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 99)


How the psychological and the neurobiological investigations of cognitive phenomena should be related within a materialist approach to cognitive science is a much debated issue, and one of central importance for the more general question of the unity of the scientific study of cognition. My ambition is here to engage in an inquiry into the significance for this issue of the recent developments of cognitive neuroscience, broadly construed as that part of contemporary cognitive research investigating the neurobiological dimension of natural cognition. Such an inquiry is a standard case of epistemological analysis, in the sense of an attempt to clarify what scientific knowledge should be on the basis of an examination of what it is in a given body of scientific work.


Cognitive Neuroscience Neural Base Psychological Property Logical Dependence Cognitive Phenomenon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Roy
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  1. 1.ENS-LSHLyonFrance
  2. 2.CREAParisFrance

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