Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-body Problem and Mental Causation

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MIT Press, 1998 - 146 pàgines

This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind--in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism.

This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind--in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentally physical. Among other points, he redefines the roles of supervenience and emergence in the discussion of the mind-body problem. Arguing that various contemporary accounts of mental causation are inadequate, he offers his own partially reductionist solution on the basis of a novel model of reduction. Retaining the informal tone of the lecture format, the book is clear yet sophisticated.

 

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The MindBody Problem Where We Now Are
1
Supervenience Realization and Emergence
4
Supervenience Is Not a MindBody Theory
9
The Layered Model and Mereological Supervenience
15
Physical Realizationism
19
Physical Realizationism Explains MindBody Supervenience
23
The Many Problems of Mental Causation
29
Three Problems of Mental Causation
32
Program Explanation and Supervenient Causation
72
Does the Problem of Mental Causation Generalize?
77
Levels and Orders
80
Reduction and Reductionism A New Look
89
Troubles with Bridge Laws
90
The Functional Model of Reduction
97
Functional Properties versus Functional Concepts
103
Multiple Realization Again
106

The Supervenience Argument or Descartess Revenge
38
Searle Fodor and the Supervenience Argument
47
Blocks Worries about SecondOrder Properties
51
Mental Causation The Backlash and Free Lunches
57
The Exclusion Problem
60
Do Counterfactuals Help?
67
The Supervenience Argument Revisited
112
Good News and Bad News
118
Notes
121
References
135
Index
141
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