The mysterianism of Owen Flanagan’s normative mind science

Mikael Leidenhag

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Abstract

This article critically analyzes Owen Flanagan's physicalism and attempt at deriving ethical normativity from current neuroscience. It is argued that neurophysicalism, despite Flanagan's harsh critique of “the new mysterians,” entails a form of mysterianism and that it fails to appropriately ground human mentality within physicalism. Flanagan seeks to bring spirituality and a physicalist ontology together by showing how it is possible to derive an account of the good life from science. This attempt is critiqued and it is shown that Flanagan fails to establish the consistency between ethical normativity and physicalism. Hence, another form of mysterianism seems to emerge within this normative mind science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-48
JournalZygon
Volume53
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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