Conditions for a Mechanistic Theory for Behaviour

  • Charles Taylor


Must a neurophysiological account of human behaviour be a mechanistic one? Elsewhere in this volume Prof. Granit stressed the advantages of combining the teleological with the causal, strictly neurophysiologic account of reality, but he was approaching this antinomy in terms of the strategy of science. I should like to raise some of the philosophical issues underlying this strategy and its goals.


Mechanistic Theory Mechanistic Account Convergence Hypothesis Subjunctive Conditional Potential Rival 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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