Causality, Mind, and Free Will
O'Connor (Timothy)
Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 3
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Summary1

    In "Causality2, Mind, and Free Will," Timothy O'Connor offers an interesting version of just such a view3. O'Connor first provides a non-spatial framework for understanding causal interaction among objects, one which he believes, contra Kim, renders mind-body (and even mind-mind) causal interaction intelligible. He then elaborates a Cartesian-inspired view according to which mind and body constitute a unified natural system, and not independent objects that somehow continually find one another in the crowd of similar such objects. On O'Connor's "weak" dualistic view, token mental events are ontologically emergent and sui generis, distinct from any complex token physical state yet without there being any substance distinct from the body which is the direct bearer of those events. O'Connor shows further how this sort of "property or capacity-emergent dualism" is consistent with the kind of freedom of the will embraced by many more traditional Cartesian dualists.

Comment:

Section I: Cartesian Dualism



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from "Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?", p. 4.

Footnote 3: Essentially, that property dualism is true, while substance dualism is false.


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