An enlightened revolt: On the philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell

Philosophia 38 (4):38: 631- 648 (2010)
Abstract
This paper is a reaction to the book “Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom”, whose central concern is the philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell. I distinguish and discuss three concerns in Maxwell’s philosophy. The first is his critique of standard empiricism (SE) in the philosophy of science, the second his defense of aim-oriented rationality (AOR), and the third his philosophy of mind. I point at some problematic aspects of Maxwell’s rebuttal of SE and of his philosophy of mind and argue in favor of AOR.
Keywords Nicholas Maxwell’s philosophy  Standard empiricism  Aim-oriented empiricism  Aim-oriented rationality  The mind–body problem  Conscious will
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