Why a Naturalist Should Be an Emergentist about the Mind

Elly Vintiadis 1
  • 1 Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College, Greece


Naturalism about the mind is typically associated with some kind of physicalism. This paper argues that this association is a mistake and that, given the naturalist’s commitment to the primacy of empirical evidence, naturalists should be open to different commitments. It is further argued that naturalists about the mind should be emergentists because of the epistemological attitude that is at the core of the emergentist position, properly understood.

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