Review by Choice Review
Editors Margolis, Samuels, and Stich have collected essays from an all-star cast of philosophers working on the frontier of the philosophy of cognitive science. As many of the contributors note, the goal of this handbook is not to give an overview of each subfield, but rather to review some of the newer research trends and, it is hoped, spur further research. Thus this volume is well suited to bringing advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students up to date, as well as keeping researchers apprised of developments in areas in which they might not specialize. Readers will find coverage of classic topics such as consciousness, rationality, modularity, and artificial intelligence, but also sections that reflect new directions in the field, such as multimodal perception, moral cognition, cognition and culture, and experimental philosophy. Potential purchasers should note that this handbook is not a resource for getting students up to speed in this subject area, as the review material is selective and assumes some knowledge of the field to begin with. But it can point interested students (and even faculty) to new and important literature to which they might not have been exposed. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty/researchers. B. N. Towl Washington University, St. Louis
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