Laws, Mind, and Free Will



Laws, Mind, and Free Will An account of scientific laws that vindicates the status of psychological laws and shows natural laws to be compatible with free will.In Laws, Mind, and Free Will, Steven Horst addresses the apparent dissonance between the picture of the natural world that arises from the sciences and our understanding of ourselves as agents who think and act If the mind and the world are entirely governed by natural laws, there seems to be no room left for free will to operate Moreover, although the laws of physical science are clear and verifiable, the sciences of the mind seem to yield only rough generalizations rather than universal laws of nature Horst argues that these two familiar problems in philosophy the apparent tension between free will and natural law and the absence of strict laws in the sciences of the mind are artifacts of a particular philosophical thesis about the nature of laws that laws make claims about how objects actually behave.Horst argues against this Empiricist orthodoxy and proposes an alternative account of laws an account rooted in a cognitivist approach to philosophy of science Horst argues that once we abandon the Empiricist misunderstandings of the nature of laws there is no contrast between strict laws and generalizations about the mind ceteris paribus laws, laws hedged by the caveat other things being equal , and that a commitment to laws is compatible with a commitment to the existence of free will Horst s alternative account, which he calls cognitive Pluralism, vindicates the truth of psychological laws and resolves the tension between human freedom and the sciences. Free Read [ Laws, Mind, and Free Will ] Author [ Steven Horst ] – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 277 pages
  • Laws, Mind, and Free Will
  • Steven Horst
  • English
  • 25 November 2018
  • 0262015250

10 thoughts on “Laws, Mind, and Free Will

  1. Julia says:

    Reviewed by Bernard Berofsky, Columbia UniversitySteven Horst has several goals in Laws, Mind, and Free Will He defends a particular account of scientific laws and shows how this account has multiple significant implications, one of these being the repudiation of determinism in a way that secures the possibility of free will He also produces a justification of psychological laws and an account of the difference between them and others, such as the laws of physics, which solve some vexing probl Reviewed by Bernard Berofsky, Columbia UniversitySteven Horst has several goals in Laws, Mind, and Free Will He defends a particular account of scientific laws and shows how this account has multiple significant implications, one of these being the repudiation of determinism in a way that secures the possibility of free will He also produces a justification of psychological laws and an account of the difference between them a...

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