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Walter, Sven

Physicalism and Mental Causation

Physicalism and Mental Causation

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Physicalism—the thesis that everything there is in the world, including our minds, is constituted by basic physical entities—has dominated the philosophy of mind during the last few decades. But although the conceptual foundations of the physicalist agenda—including a proper explication of notions such as ‘causation’, ‘determination’, ‘realization’ or even ‘physicalism’ itself—must be settled before more specific problems (e.g. the problems of mental causation and human agency) can be satisfactorily addressed, a comprehensive philosophical reflection on the relationships between the various key concepts of the debate on physicalism is yet missing. This book presents a range of essays on the conceptual foundations of physicalism, mental causation and human agency, written by established and leading authors in the field.

Keywords: Physicalism, philosophy, philosophy of mind, causation, determinism, determination, realization, agency, metaphysics, supervenience, multiple realizability, materialism, overdetermination, causal closure of the physical, nonreductive physicalism, phenomenology

Author(s)
Publisher
Andrews UK
Publication year
2015
Language
en
Edition
2
Page amount
352 pages
Category
Philosophy
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
9781845405830
Printed ISBN
9780907845461

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