Meaning and causal explanations in the behavioural sciences

Derek Bolton

in Nature and Narrative

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Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198526117
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754326 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Meaning and causal explanations in the behavioural sciences

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Chapter 7 discusses the proposals that semantic states have a causal role in the regulation of behaviour and are encoded in brain states, effectively marks the downfall of the two great old dichotomies. It collapses not only the meaning-causality distinction, but also the mind-matter distinction, because it affirms, first, that meaningful states are causal and, second, that the brain as res extensa is also res cogitans.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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