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Psychology

Anthony Kenny

in The Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780192830708
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192830708.003.0010
Psychology

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This chapter discusses the scientific study of the mind. Many people believe that the human mind is amenable to scientific enquiry in very much the same way as the human body is. Some believe that science is fundamentally deterministic, and that in principle there could be a deterministic science of the operation of the mind side by side with a deterministic science of the body. Not only the operation, but the origin, of the mind, many people believe, is something which science will shortly be able to explain. The theory of evolution by natural selection can account for the capacities of our minds no less than for the structure of our bodies. The chapter investigates the credentials of these various forms of scientific optimism.

Keywords: mind; evolution; scientific enquiry; determinism

Chapter.  7439 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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