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Natural philosophy : from social brains to knowledge, reality, morality, and beauty

Author: Paul Thagard
Publisher: New York (N.Y.) : Oxford university press.
Series: Oxford series on cognitive models and architectures
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Paul Thagard uses new accounts of brain mechanisms and social interactions to forge theories of mind, knowledge, reality, morality, justice, meaning, and the arts. Natural Philosophy brings new  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Thagard
ISBN: 9780190678739 0190678739
OCLC Number: 1135308975
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 295-309. Index.
Description: 1 vol. (xix-335 p.) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface Acknowledgments 1. Philosophy Matters Why Philosophy?What is Philosophy?Issues and Alternatives: Ways of PhilosophizingElements of Natural PhilosophyOverview of This BookSummary and DiscussionNotes to Chapter 1: Philosophy Matters2. Mind Mental Processes Issues and Alternatives Neural Mechanisms Semantic Pointers Inference to the Best Explanation to Multilevel Materialism Philosophical Objections Consciousness Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 2: Mind Chapter 3. Knowledge Minds and Knowledge Issues and Alternatives What is Knowledge? The Growth of Knowledge Justification Probability Knowledge is Social Conceptual Change and the Brain Revolution Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 3: Knowledge 4. Reality Make Reality Great Again Issues and Alternatives Existence Truth Space and Time Groups and Society Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 4: Reality 5. Explanation Knowledge Meets Reality Issues and Alternatives Styles of Explanation Emotional and Social Aspects of Explanation Causality Reduction and Emergence Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 5: Explanation 6. Morality Right and Wrong Issues and Alternatives Values Moral Emotions Objective Values and Rational Emotions Needs The Needs of Others Empathy Conflicting Needs and Ethical Coherence Why is There Evil? Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 6: Morality 7. Justice From Morality to Justice Issues and Alternatives Just Societies: Needs Sufficiency Just Governments Just Social Change Basic Income Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 7: Justice 8. Meaning Language and Life Issues and Alternatives Language and Mental Representation The Meanings of Life The Meaning of Death Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 8: Meaning 9. Beauty and Beyond Aesthetics Issues and Alternatives Beauty in Painting Other Emotions in Painting Creativity in Painting Beauty in Music Other Emotions in Music Creativity in Music Empathy in Literature and Film Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 9: Beauty and Beyond 10. Future Philosophy Looking Backwards and Forwards Free Will Mathematical Knowledge and Reality Non-Humans: Animals and Machines Summary and Discussion Notes to Chapter 10: Future Philosophy References Index
Series Title: Oxford series on cognitive models and architectures
Responsibility: Paul Thagard.
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