Patricia Churchland

Patricia Churchland

Infobox Philosopher

region = Western Philosophy
era = 21st-century philosophy
color = #B0C4DE

name = Patricia Smith Churchland
birth = birth date|1943|07|16 Oliver, British Columbia, Canada
death =
school_tradition = Analytic
main_interests = Neurophilosophy Philosophy of mind Philosophy of science Medical and environmental ethics
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Patricia Smith Churchland (born July 16, 1943 in Oliver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian-American philosopher working at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 1984. She is currently a professor at the UCSD Philosophy Department, an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and an associate of the Computational Neuroscience Laboratory (Sejnowski Lab) at the Salk Institute. She won a MacArthur prize in 1991. Educated at the University of British Columbia, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Oxford (B.Phil.). She taught philosophy at the University of Manitoba from 1969 to 1984 and is the wife of philosopher Paul Churchland.

Churchland has focused on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy. According to her, philosophers are increasingly realizing that to understand the mind one must understand the brain. She is associated with a school of thought called eliminativism or eliminative materialism, which argues that folk psychology concepts such as belief, free will, and consciousness will likely need to be revised as science understands more about the nature of brain function. She is also called a naturalist, because she thinks scientific research is the best basis for understanding the nature of the mind. Her recent work focuses also on neuroethics, and attempts to understand choice, responsibility and the basis of moral norms in terms of brain function, brain evolution, and brain-culture interactions.

She was interviewed along with her husband Paul Churchland for the book "Conversations on Consciousness" by Susan Blackmore, 2006.

She attended and was a speaker at the symposium on November 2006 and November 2007.


*"Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain". (1986) Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
*"The Computational Brain". (1992) Patricia S. Churchland and T. J. Sejnowski. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
*"Neurophilosophy and Alzheimer's Disease". (1992) Edited by Y. Christen and Patricia S. Churchland. Berlin: Spinger-Verlag.
*"The Mind-Brain Continuum" (1996). Edited by R. R. Llinas and Patricia S. Churchland. The MIT Press.
*"On the Contrary: Critical Essays 1987-1997". (1998). Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
*"Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy". (2002) Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

External links

* [ Patricia S. Churchland's Homepage]
* [ Patricia Churchland entry from the Dictionary of the Philosophy of Mind]
* [ Radio interview] on "Philosophy Talk"
* [ Article in the New Yorker (12 February 2007)]
* [ InConversation Radio Interview with Robyn Williams (1 March 2007)]
* [ A Shot Clip:Churchland, Patricia]

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