The reign of Prince Auto : psychology in an age of science

D. Hutto

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Abstract

The principle of autonomy (hereafter Prince Auto) is a doctrine which commits physicalistic philosophers to mechanical explanations of human behaviour. In this paper I argue that physicalism (in all its forms) presents a much too narrow account of scientific explanation. If we are to develop an adequate philosophy of psychology we must first free ourselves from the rule of a metaphysical picture which has dominated philosophy since at least the time of Descartes. We must free ourselves from the reign of Prince Auto.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-80
JournalPhilosophia
Volume21
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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