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Rethinking nature: a hard problem within the hard problem

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Abstract:

If experience cannot be explained reductively, then we must embrace a revised understanding of nature to explain it. What kind of revision is required? A minimal revision would merely append a theory of experience onto an otherwise adequate theory of cognition, without going far beyond considerations peculiar to the study of the mind. I argue that we will need a more expansive revision, requiring us to rethink the natural order quite generally. If this is right, we will view the mind as a special context in which something new to our understanding of the world, and much more general, is being manifested.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dept. of Philosophy, Sycamore 026, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-2601, USA.

Publication date: 1996-01-01

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