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Keith Lehrer

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248507.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Metamind
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Keith Lehrer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248507.003.0001

This book examines freedom, rational acceptance, social consensus, the analysis of knowledge, and Thomas Reid's philosophy of mind. What could possibly unify such a diverse collection of intellectual reflections? An idea about the human mind as a metamind, is the answer. Human freedom, rationality, consensus, knowledge, and conception depend on metamental operations and would not exist without such operations. It is useful to think of the role of the metamental in terms of a simplified computational model of the human mind. The model is a metaphor. The metaphor is a conjecture. The chapters in this book on freedom constitute a defence of compatibilism, that is, the thesis that human freedom is compatible with the claim that everything that occurs is caused or that there are antecedent sufficient conditions for everything that occurs, including human thought and action.

Keywords:   freedom, social consensus, knowledge, Thomas Reid, metamind, rational acceptance, metamental operations, philosophy of mind, compatibilism

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