|Causality, Identity and Supervenience in the Mind-Body Problem|
|Source: Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol IV) - Metaphysics|
|Paper - Abstract|
|Paper Statistics||Books / Papers Citing this Paper||Notes Citing this Paper||Disclaimer|
Philosophers Index Abstract
The concept of "supervenience1" is used to resolve three problems about causal relations involving mental events. These problems are:-
(1) the problem of pre-emption,
(2) the problem of spurious overdetermination, and
(3) the problem of spurious partial cause.
The relation of supervenience2 between families of properties or events is explained, and causal connections among supervenient events are explained in terms of the causal connections between the events on which they supervene3. The thesis that mental events are supervenient upon physical events is formulated, and defended, in part on the model of the global supervenience4 of macro-properties and processes on their micro-counterparts. Similarities and differences between the supervenience5 thesis concerning the mental and classical epiphenomenalism are noted and discussed.
Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)
|© Theo Todman, June 2007 - Dec 2019.||Please address any comments on this page to firstname.lastname@example.org.||File output: |
Website Maintenance Dashboard
|Return to Top of this Page||Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page||Return to Theo Todman's Home Page|