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Teleological Realism: Mind, Agency, and Explanation

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Using the language of common-sense psychology (CSP), we explain human behavior by citing its reason or purpose, and this is central to our understanding of human beings as agents. On the other hand, since human beings are physical objects, human behavior should also be explicable in the language of physical science, in which causal accounts cast human beings as collections ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published July 29th 2005 by MIT Press (MA)
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Sehon seems to think that because our teleological explanations of human behavior - what he calls "common-sense psychology" - does not neatly reduce to physics, it is therefore distinct from science. Bizarrely, this ignores the possibility that many kinds of science do not nearly reduce to physics, including regular old non-common-sense psychology; a failure of reduction does not entail a lack of scienticity. (Of course some people are reductionists about science, but this is a substantial ...more
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