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Epistemological Constraints on Consilience

Paul W. Glimcher

in Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744251
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744251.003.0002
Epistemological Constraints on Consilience

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This chapter explores the metaphysical constraints that the “Theory of Knowledge” places on efforts to link any two or more independent explanatory systems. It reviews the role of the logical positivist philosophers in describing how the reductive synthesis of two disciplines typically occurs, and explores the well-described and explicit philosophical constraints on those synthetic approaches. The discussion serves as an essential prelude to any effort to build a neuroeconomic approach to human decision making because it tells us what we can—and cannot—expect to accomplish.

Keywords: Theory of Knowledge; explanatory systems; logical positivism; reductive syntheses; neuroeconomics; decision making; metaphysical constraints

Chapter.  5919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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