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Natural Philosophy: From Social Brains to Knowledge, Reality, Morality, and Beauty

Paul Thagard


Philosophy is the attempt to answer general questions about the nature of knowledge, reality, and values. Natural philosophy draws heavily on the sciences and finds no room for supernatural entities such as souls, gods, and possible worlds. Paul Thagard develops interconnected theories of knowledge, reality, morality, justice, meaning, and the arts. He uses new theories of brain mechanisms and social interactions to forge original accounts of the traditional branches of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. Rather than reducing the humanities to the sciences, ... More

Keywords: arts, brain, humanities, knowledge, meaning, mind, philosophy, reality, science, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190678739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190678739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Thagard, author
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo