The central theme of this impressively argued study is that the mental and physical are identical. Drawing heavily on recent scientific research into the mind-brain relationship, Dr Wilson argues that human mentality, rationality and purposefulness are phenomena which come within the compass of scientifically based explanation. The consequences of this thesis are enormous both in relation to the controversies about reasons and causes as explanations of human behaviour, and, more important, to the problems of free will, moral responsibility, penal philosophy, ethics and the law. The book argues that free will is a misconceived idea and that our notions of moral responsibility need radical revision. The book is of considerable relevance not only to academic philosophy but also to scientists and jurisprudents interested in the implications of this study. Originally published in 1979.

chapter |9 pages


part 1|32 pages

Part One

chapter II|16 pages

Two Incompatible Models of Persons

part 2|116 pages

Part Two

chapter III|18 pages

The Mental and the Physical

chapter IV|39 pages

Mind-Brain Identity Theory

chapter V|57 pages

Objections to Mind-Brain Identity Theory

part 3|81 pages

Part Three

chapter VI|38 pages

Causal Necessity

chapter VII|41 pages

Human Action

part 4|52 pages

Part Four

chapter VIII|29 pages

Free-Will and Determinism

chapter IX|21 pages

Moral Responsibility

part 5|66 pages

Part Five

chapter X|9 pages

Physicalism and Jurisprudence

chapter XI|25 pages

The Reasonable Man

chapter XII|26 pages

Crime, Disease and Maladjustment

chapter XIII|4 pages

The Mental as Physical