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Neuroscience and Reductionism: Some Realist Reflections

Edwards, Paul (2013) Neuroscience and Reductionism: Some Realist Reflections. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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Organizational neuroscience (ON) is a rapidly emerging sub-field. Criticisms of its reductionism are common. Yet it is possible for practitioners and critics to engage. Such engagement is facilitated by realism. It agrees with the practitioners of ON that brain functions can in principle be measured and that causal influences can be identified. It agrees with the critics in stressing the centrality of context and the emergent nature of social processes. The claims and potentials of ON can best be grasped through realist principles.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:11
Department:Birmingham Business School
Date:09 August 2013
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:Emergence, Neuroscience, Organizational neuroscience, Realism
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Copyright Status:This discussion paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproducation in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1769

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