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The possibility of physicalism / GIANNETTI, Eduardo.
Dementia & neuropsychologia, 2011, vol. 5 (4), p. 242-250. (11-06-2012)

Mots-clés principaux
Activité mentale
Aspect philosophique

Résumé :

Modern science has undermined belief in countless imaginary causalities. What is the nature of the relation between mind and brain? Philosophers have debated the issue for millennia, but it is only in the last twenty years that empirical evidence has begun to uncover some of the secrets of this ancient riddle. This lecture explores the possiblity that advances in neuroscience will undermine and subvert our intuitive, mentalist understanding of the mind-body relationship. Recent findings in neuroscience seem to support the notions that (i) mental events are a subclass of neurophysiological events, and (ii) they are devoid of causal efficacy upon the workings of the brain. If physicalism is true then the belief in the causal potency of conscious thoughts and free will are bound to join company with countless other imaginary causalities exploded by the progress of science.

Langue : Anglais
Doc n° : 29732
NumRec : 6315703


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