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Reductionism/Antireductionism

Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.003.0016

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

 Reductionism/Antireductionism

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This chapter outlines the origins of reductionism and its connection to the unity of science and to philosophical naturalism. It explores its motivation for philosophers of mind and of mental disorder, and sketches out the backlash against it that emerges from a reappropriation of a prescientific revolution worldview.

Keywords: philosophical naturalism; mental disorder; mental content; psychiatry

Chapter.  6542 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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