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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 453–456 | Cite as

Reductionism, Brain Imaging, and Social Identity Commentary on “Biological Indeterminacy”

  • Ann Pirruccello
Commentary

Abstract

The practice of reductionism in science and philosophy includes attempts to essentialize human persons, which can lead to serious social problems. Reductionism is not necessary, as comparative philosophers and alternative-thinking scientists have shown.

Keywords

Chinese philosophy Comparative philosophy Neuroimaging Reductionism Social Identity 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Many thanks are expressed to D. P. Sheehan, Department of Physics, University of San Diego, for discussing aspects of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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