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DUTRA, Luiz Henrique de Araújo. Claude Bernard and mental determenism. Nat. hum. [online]. 2003, vol.5, n.2, pp. 351-391. ISSN 1517-2430.

This paper seeks to discuss Claude Bernard's monism in the philosophy of mind and psychology. Bernard refuses to join both the materialist and the spiritualist camps. His doctrine that psychology stems directly from the physiology of brain functions is intended to promote a type of experimental psychology compatible with his idea that vital phenomena (including mental phenomena) are to be explained as physical and chemical phenomena occurring in the organism, and governed by biological laws.

Palavras-chave : Philosophy of mind and psychology; Claude Bernard; Experimental psychology; Materialism; Determinism.

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