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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism and Neuroscience

Authors: Schulkin, Jay

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  • Links Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the larger culture of pragmatism, inquiry and the body politic
  • Explores the new culture of neuroscience and the continuity of the law and science which Holmes represented
  • Considers the work of pragmatist philosopher John Dewey as an alternative to Holmes
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This book explores the cultures of philosophy and the law as they interact with neuroscience and biology, through the perspective of American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes’ Jr., and the pragmatist tradition of John Dewey. Schulkin proposes that human problem solving and the law are tied to a naturalistic, realistic and an anthropological understanding of the human condition. The situated character of legal reasoning, given its complexity, like reasoning in neuroscience, can be notoriously fallible. Legal and scientific reasoning is to be understood within a broader context in order to emphasize both the continuity and the porous relationship between the two.

Some facts of neuroscience fit easily into discussions of human experience and the law. However, it is important not to oversell neuroscience: a meeting of law and neuroscience is unlikely to prove persuasive in the courtroom any time soon. Nevertheless, as knowledge of neuroscience becomes more reliable and more easily accepted by both the larger legislative community and in the wider public, through which neuroscience filters into epistemic and judicial reliability, the two will ultimately find themselves in front of a judge. A pragmatist view of neuroscience will aid and underlie these events.

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Dr Jay Schulkin is a Research Professor in the Department of Neuroscience as well as a member at the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition, both at Georgetown University, USA. He is the author of a number of books, including Roots of Social Sensibility and Neural Function (2000), Naturalism and Pragmatism (2012), and Reflections on the Musical Mind (2013)He received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 73,84 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23099-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism and Neuroscience
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23100-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23100-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23099-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 355
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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