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Mind Design and Minimal Syntax$
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Wolfram Hinzen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289257.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Mind Design and Minimal Syntax
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Wolfram Hinzen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289257.003.0001

This chapter reviews current 20th-century philosophical and biological traditions that deny human nature as a valid concept of inquiry. These include most traditions of both continental and analytic philosophy; various versions of evolutionary psychology and ‘New Synthesis’ biology; functionalism; and eliminative materialism. Opposing all of these traditions, the chapter also introduces the notion of human mind design as an empirical topic for rational inquiry similar to that of early modern ‘natural philosophy’.

Keywords:   human nature, mind design, perfection, materialism, functionalism

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