Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Gold & Stoljar: A neuron doctrine

The neuron doctrine in psychiatry

Christian Perring a1
a1 Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY 11769


Gold & Stoljar's target article is important because it shows the limitations of neurobiological theories of the mind more powerfully than previous philosophical criticisms, especially those that focus on the subjective nature of experience and those that use considerations from philosophy of language to argue for the holism of the mental. They use less controversial assumptions and clearer arguments, the conclusions of which are applicable to the whole of neuroscience. Their conclusions can be applied to psychiatry to argue that, contrary to many researchers' assumptions, the approaches to both understanding and treating mental disorders must be interdisciplinary.