The connections between neuroscience and philosophy have been intensively developed since the last two decades (specially since the publication of the seminal book Neurophilosophy by Patricia Churchland in 1986).
Our group develops this interaction at several levels and with different aims and from distinct philosophical convictions, hence the plural in ‘Neurophilosopies’
Some of the topics covered by members of the group include:
- The neural basis of the distinction between Core/Minimal-Self and Narrative Self
- Philosophy of Neuroscience (related to questions such as the nature of generalizations in neuro-behavioral explanations)
- The relation between Neuroscience and Phenomenology
Fonseca, J. (Forthcoming 2014) “Empirical and conceptual clarifications regarding the notion of ‘Core-Self’ from Gallagher’s and Merker’s Behavioural-Neuroscientific Proposals.” in Gonçalves, J & Fonseca (eds.) Philosophical Perspectives on the Self, Peter Lang.
Fonseca, J. (2005) "Donald Davidson on Mental States, Realism and Neuroscientific Explanation" in João Sàágua (ed) Proceedings of Mind and Action III, The Explanation of Human Interpretation, Colibri, Lisboa, 271-280.
Fonseca, J. (2004) “On Bickle´s Failure to Give a Formal Account of the Location in the New Wave Reductionist Spectrum”, in Disputatio. vol.1, nº17, 65-73.