Antireductionism and the Natural Order

Thomas Nagel

in Mind and Cosmos

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919758
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980369 | DOI:
Antireductionism and the Natural Order

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This chapter explores the conflict between antireductionism and scientific naturalism, which is considered as a staple of recent philosophy. It introduces the terms “materialism” and “materialist naturalism.” Next, it considers the conviction that mind is not merely an afterthought or an accident, but is a basic aspect of nature, and then identifies the way or ways the world is intelligible. This chapter also studies the position that mind, instead of physical law, gives a basic explanation of everything, and the concepts of theism and naturalistic reductionism.

Keywords: antireductionism; scientific naturalism; materialism; materialist naturalism; mind; physical law; theism; naturalistic reductionism

Chapter.  6474 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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