Science and the Person: A Complacent Reflection
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
November 9, 2012
San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 12-100
This short essay, written to be presented at a conference at William and Mary on “Law and Human Agency,” argues that developments in neuroscience, however impressive and valuable, do not negate or seriously threaten either the traditional philosophical debates about the “mind-body problem,” free will, or personal identity or the “everyday view of the person” that is assumed in law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: science, neuroscience, agency, personhood, jurisprudence, philosophy of law
JEL Classification: K10, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 21, 2012
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