Ted Honderich

in Mind and Brain

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242826
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680588 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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Connections called nomic or lawlike connections, to distinguish them from logically necessary connections rooted in words and other symbols, are pervasive in the natural world, and fundamental to it. They are connections not between words but in reality, and they are considered the cement of the universe. It is also believed that every fact about a person, including every fact about the brain and central nervous system, and character and personality, and thought and feeling, might have been exactly as it was before and at the moment when the person understood something, or hoped, or decided, or acted, and nevertheless the understanding, hoping, deciding, or acting might never have occurred. That was the possibility in reality, not merely something that can be thought without contradiction.

Keywords: necessary connections; brain; causes; causal circumstances; dependent conditionals; conditional statements; science; nomic connections

Chapter.  4489 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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