Did my neurons make me do it? Reductionism, morality and the problem of free will
Murphy (Nancey)
Source: Murphy (Nancey) - Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?
Paper - Abstract

Paper Summary


Sections

  1. Prospect
  2. What’s wrong with reductionism?
    • 2.1 The pervasive influence of pictures
    • 2.2 Defending downward causation1
    • 2.3 Further complications
  3. The emergence of self-direction
      3.1 Fixed patterns of complex activity
    • 3.2 Mammalian flexibility
  4. Human self-determination and responsibility
    • 4.1 Animal precursors
    • 4.2 Language and the prerequisites for morality
    • 4.3 Language and self-transcendence
    • 4.4 An illustration
  5. But is this free-will?
    • 5.1 A confusion of definitions
    • 5.2 A critique of the terms of debate
  6. Retrospect

Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)

  1. Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2018
  2. Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)



© Theo Todman, June 2007 - July 2018. Please address any comments on this page to theo@theotodman.com. File output:
Website Maintenance Dashboard
Return to Top of this Page Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page Return to Theo Todman's Home Page