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General Approach and Assumptions

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

General Approach and Assumptions

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This chapter outlines the general approach to the topic of the book and some assumptions implicit in that approach. It sees science and philosophy not as entirely separate and mutually exclusive pursuits, but rather as overlapping areas on a continuum of human effort towards knowledge and understanding of reality. The discussion comments on the objectives of and relationship between science and philosophy and on reality and truth. It also briefly considers some aspects of the doctrine of mechanism and relates it to associated ideas of determinism and reductionism.

Keywords: science; philosophy; truth; necessity; mechanism

Chapter.  12876 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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