Eric Kandel’s intellectual framework for psychiatry and non-reductive materialism

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Bartosz Janik


In this article I analyze Eric Kandel’s intellectual frameworks for psychiatry from the perspective of non-reductionist materialism. I briefly present Kandel’s program and its main features and then, after introducing various types of non-reductionist materialism, I focus on incorporation the philosophical view into a purely scientific program. The main goal of this paper is to show that a philosophical component is necessary for holistic approaches to the philosophy of mind.

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Janik, B. (2012). Eric Kandel’s intellectual framework for psychiatry and non-reductive materialism. Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce), (51), 76–95. Retrieved from


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