Thomas Nagel

in Mind and Cosmos

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919758
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980369 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the mind-body problem. It first addresses one of the tasks of philosophy, which is to study the limits of even the best developed and most successful forms of modern scientific knowledge. It then addresses the failure of psychophysical reductionism and considers the response to the reductionist neo-Darwinian account of the origin and evolution of life. This chapter also examines the process of natural selection and the concepts of reductive materialism and antireductionism.

Keywords: mind-body problem; philosophy; modern scientific knowledge; psychophysical reductionism; reductionist neo-Darwinian account; natural selection; reductive materialism; antireductionism

Chapter.  3575 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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