Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Philosophy Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Articles 1 - 3 of 3

Full-Text Articles in Philosophy

Pollution In Light Of Entropy, James L. Tao Jan 2016

Pollution In Light Of Entropy, James L. Tao

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis explores a new approach to understanding contemporary environmental issues. This approach draws on concepts in thermodynamics such as entropy, free energy, and gradient dissipation, and applies them to non-equilibrium settings to provide an alternative view of chemical pollution in the context of ecosystems and human societies. Building on the works of Boltzmann, Gibbs, Schrödinger, E.P. Odum, Prigogine, Georgescu-Roegen, and Kay, this thesis demonstrates the necessity of pollution as a consequence of large scale energy use. First a historical background of thermodynamics and entropy is provided following the description of an “entropy framework” used to analyze various pollution ...


The Role Of Emotion And Empathy In Embodied Simulation In The Mirror Neuron System: Where Buddhism And Neuroscience Converge, Ronald Michael Le Bel Jan 2015

The Role Of Emotion And Empathy In Embodied Simulation In The Mirror Neuron System: Where Buddhism And Neuroscience Converge, Ronald Michael Le Bel

Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The human mirror neuron system (MNS) offers a clear connection between phenomenology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science that has profound implications for understanding the actions, emotions and intentions of others. The MNS exemplifies an integration of first-person subjective levels of lived-bodily experience, and third-person objective accounts stemming from within cognitive neuroscience, which is known as neurophenomenology. Neurophenomenology and the MNS are important for closing the explanatory gap in philosophy of mind, and for surmounting the mind-body problem. Furthermore, studies involving Buddhism and neuroscience have recently been important for shedding light on the explanatory `gap,' by identifying the neural correlates ...


Biological Mechanisms And Evolution, Michael Zerella Jan 2011

Biological Mechanisms And Evolution, Michael Zerella

Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Recent work in philosophy of biology has challenged the traditional assumption in philosophy of science that proper scientific explanations and predictions must be grounded in laws of nature that hold with necessity. Philosophical work on mechanisms in biology and cognitive science has shown that the traditional view, on its own, is too restrictive to account for scientific explanations and predictions in the complex, contingent realm of living systems. In the first part of my dissertation, I defend the view that a mechanistic approach to biology is preferable to the traditional approach, and I defend my own realist account of biological ...