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The cognitive and behavioral sciences: Real patterns, real unity, real causes, but no supervenience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2005

Don Ross*
Affiliation:
Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL35294-1260; School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch7701, South Africahttp://www.commerce.uct.ac.za/economics/staff/personalpages/dross/
David Spurrett*
Affiliation:
School of Philosophy and Ethics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban4041, South Africahttp://www.nu.ac.za/undphil/spurrett/

Abstract:

Our response amplifies our case for scientific realism and the unity of science and clarifies our commitments to scientific unity, nonreductionism, behaviorism, and our rejection of talk of “emergence.” We acknowledge support from commentators for our view of physics and, responding to pressure and suggestions from commentators, deny the generality supervenience and explain what this involves. We close by reflecting on the relationship between philosophy and science.

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