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Sept. 23, 2013

Dr. Douglas Keaton, assistant professor of philosophy at Flagler College, was recently published in the newest issue of the journal, Philosophical Studies, for his paper, “Exclusion, Still not Tracted.”

Keaton co-wrote the paper with Dr. Tom Polger, a professor at University of Cincinnati, and presented their work during the 2013 Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association conference in April.

The paper discusses the issues with a sub-area of philosophy devoted to the human mind, which attempts to explain the relationship between the brain and the mind as being completely separate entities. Keaton and Polger argue that the relationship is, in fact, more co-dependent than many believe.

“As a philosopher, I am just as interested in the difficulty of problems about the human mind as I am interested in solutions to those problems,” Keaton said. “This paper was lot of fun to work on.”