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Science and the Person: A Complacent Reflection

19 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2012  

Steven Douglas Smith

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: November 9, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: science, neuroscience, agency, personhood, jurisprudence, philosophy of law

JEL Classification: K10, K39

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, Science and the Person: A Complacent Reflection (November 9, 2012). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 12-100. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2179155

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