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Beyond Reduction: Philosophy of Mind and Post-Reductionist Philosophy of Science

Steven Horst

Abstract

Contemporary debates in philosophy of mind‐between reductionists, dualists, nonreductive materialists, and eliminativists‐have been based upon the perception that mental phenomena like consciousness and intentionality are uniquely irreducible. The “explanatory gap” between mind and body seems to be an urgent and fascinating problem if one assumes that intertheoretic reductions are the rule in the special sciences, with the mind as the lone exception. While this debate was going on in philosophy of mind, however, philosophers of science were rejecting this very sort of reductionism: intertheore ... More

Keywords: mind, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, naturalism, reduction, explanatory gap, Cognitive Pluralism, explanation, metaphysics, dualism, nonreductive materialism, Mysterianism, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195317114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317114.001.0001

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Steven Horst, author
Wesleyan University
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