This book is not so much an argument for the positions taken on the topics of its theme as an exploration of what those positions would be given the theme that it takes. The approach differs from the usual pick and choose applications of neuropsychological data to philosophical issues which insert clinical symptoms into philosophical arguments simply to illustrate or reinforce their claims. A symptom or deficit is snatched from its context as a fragment of defective behavior and used to strengthen an argument in which it has no authentic share. This is a fraudulent use of the clinical material.


Moral Responsibility Material World Philosophical Argument Causal Theory Mental Causation 


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