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Laws, Mind, and Free Will$
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Steven Horst

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015257

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015257.001.0001

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Laws and the Mind

Laws and the Mind

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Laws, Mind, and Free Will
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Steven Horst

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015257.003.0001

This book seeks to address the apparent dissonance between the picture of the natural world arising from the sciences and our understanding of ourselves as agents who think and act. It is crucial here to distinguish between the sciences themselves and their philosophical interpretations in the form of metanarratives in philosophy of science. The intuition that there is a principled difference between the generalizations one finds in the sciences of the mind and those one finds in physics and other natural sciences is based, in part, on considerations of the sciences themselves, such as the nature of the generalizations one finds in disciplines like psychology and psychophysics. It is also driven in large measure by a philosophical thesis about the nature of laws—that laws make universal claims about how objects actually behave.

Keywords:   natural world, sciences, philosophical interpretations, metanarratives, philosophy of science, psychology, psychophysics, nature of laws

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