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 concluding chapter summarizes the main points made in earlier chapters. It emphasizes that philosophy has to proceed comparatively, and the best anyone can do is to fully and carefully develop the opposing alternative conceptions in each relevant domain. It then reflects on the possible alternatives to Darwinian explanations, and considers the possibility that the truth is beyond our reach. This chapter also considers the importance of creating and rejecting false hypotheses and mentions the concept of reductive materialism.

Keywords: philosophy; alternative conceptions; Darwinian explanations; truth; false hypotheses; reductive materialism

Chapter.  592 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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