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Passionate EnginesWhat Emotions Reveal about the Mind and Artificial Intelligence$
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Craig DeLancey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142713.001.0001

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Passionate Engines

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Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

An enriched version of naturalism is defended. Naturalism is too often construed foremost as something that eliminates phenomena (eliminativism), and reduces our number of explanatory tools (reductionism). In fact, the sciences almost always increase the number of entities that we need to explain the phenomena. Philosophy, in comparison, has had vastly more reductive views (such as that mind and action can be explained in terms of two kinds of mental states, belief and desire). A richer naturalism also requires recognition of the role of biology in the understanding of the mind. The view that humans are radically distinct from other kinds of animals is an error characterizing failure to appreciate the biological nature of mind.

Keywords:   belief, biology of mind, desire, eliminativism, naturalism, reductionism

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