Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 10, No 1 (2014)

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Giving Naturalism a Chance: Interactivism, Emergence, and Nonlinearity

Robert L. Campbell


This paper offers a defense of naturalism, which might improve its chance of being adopted as a direction, both for theory and for empirical research.  This defense responds in particular to three themes:: the emergence of mind (as opposed to nonemergence or reductionism), the pervasiveness of nonlinearity in biology and psychology, and the need for levels and degrees of self (as opposed to a human self that is self-evidently unitary, or a self that turns out to be illusory, or a concealment of what is truly there).

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