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Emergence in Mind

Cynthia Macdonald and Graham Macdonald


There have long been controversies about how it is that minds can fit into a physical universe. Emergence in Mind presents new essays by a group of philosophers investigating whether mental properties can be said to ‘emerge’ from the physical processes in the universe. Such emergence requires mental properties to be different from physical properties, and much of the discussion relates to what the consequences of such a difference might be in areas such as freedom of the will, and the possibility of scientific explanations of non-physical (for example, social) phenomena. The volume also extend ... More

Keywords: minds, universe, mental properties, physical properties, freedom, will, rationality, non-physical phenomena, emergence, chemical properties

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Macdonald, editor
Queen's University, Belfast
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Graham Macdonald, editor
Queen's University, Belfast and University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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