Natural philosophy : from social brains to knowledge, reality, morality, and beauty / Paul Thagard
- Thagard, Paul
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xix, 335 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Oxford series on cognitive models and architectures
- 1. Philosophy matters -- 2. Mind -- 3. Knowledge -- 4. Reality -- 5. Explanation -- 6. Morality -- 7. Justice -- 8. Meaning -- 9. Beauty and beyond -- 10. Future philosophy. and Volume 3. Natural philosophy: from social brains to knowledge, reality, morality, and beauty.
- 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 methods for analyzing concepts, understanding values, and achieving coherence. It shows how to unify the humanities with the cognitive and social sciences. 0How can people know what is real and strive to make the world better? Philosophy is the attempt to answer general questions about the nature of knowledge, reality, and values. Natural Philosophy pursues these questions by drawing heavily on the sciences and finds no room for supernatural entities such as souls, gods, and possible worlds. It provides original accounts of the traditional branches of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.0Rather than reducing the humanities to the sciences, this book displays fertile interconnections that show that philosophical questions and artistic practices can be much better understood by considering how human brains operate and interact in social contexts. The sciences and the humanities are interdependent, because both the natural and social sciences cannot avoid questions about methods and values that are primarily the province of philosophy.0This book belongs to a trio that includes Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity and Mind-Society: From Brains to Social Sciences and Professions. They can be read independently, but together they make up a Treatise on Mind and Society that provides a unified and comprehensive treatment of the cognitive sciences, social sciences, professions, and humanities.
- 9780190678739 hardcover and 0190678739 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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