Neuroscience and Education: At Best a Civil Partnership: A Response to Schrag


  • Andrew Davis

Correspondence: Andrew Davis, School of Education, University of Durham, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA, UK.



In this response, I agree with much of what Schrag says about the principled limits of neuroscience to inform educators' decisions about approaches to learning. However, I also raise questions about the extent to which discoveries about ‘deficits’ in brain function could possibly help teachers. I dispute Schrag's view that externalism/internalism debates in the philosophy of mind are relatively arcane and lack implications for the importance or otherwise for education of discoveries about the brain.