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Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will

Nancey Murphy and Warren S. Brown


If humans are purely physical, and the brain does the work formerly assigned to the mind or soul, then how can it fail to be the case that our thoughts and actions are determined by the laws of neurobiology, and that free will, moral responsibility, and reason itself are in jeopardy? Bringing together insights from both philosophy and neuroscience, this book defends a non-reductive version of physicalism whereby humans are (sometimes) the authors of their own thoughts and actions. One resource is an account of mind as embodied and constituted by action-feedback-evaluation-action loops in the e ... More

Keywords: reductionism, determinism, downward causation, moral responsibility, free will, mind, brain, neurobiology, physicalism, philosophy of mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancey Murphy, author
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
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Warren S. Brown, author
Fuller Graduate School
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