Mental Causation

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Clarendon Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Drama - 342 pages
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Common sense and philosophical tradition agree that mind makes a difference. What we do depends not only on how our bodies are put together, but also on what we think. Explaining how mind can make a difference has proved challenging, however. Some have urged that the project faces an insurmountable dilemma: either we concede that mentalistic explanations of behavior have only a pragmatic standing or we abandon our conception of the physical domain as causally autonomous. Although each option has its advocates, most theorists have sought a middle way that accommodates both the common-sense view of mind and the metaphysical conviction about the physical world. This volume presents a collection of new, specially written essays by a diverse group of philosophers, each of whom is widely known for defending a particular conception of minds and their place in nature. Contributors include Robert Audi, Lynne Rudder Baker, Tyler Burge, Donald Davidson, Fred Dretske, Ted Honderich, Jennifer Hornsby, Frank Jackson, Jaegwon Kim, Brian P. McLaughlin, Ruth Garrett Millikan, H. W. Noonan, Philip Pettit, Ernest Sosa, and Robert Van Gulick.

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Mental Causation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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JSTOR: Mental Causation: A Query for Kim
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Problem of mental causation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The problem of mental causation is a conceptual issue in the philosophy of mind. That problem, in short, is how to account for the common-sense idea that ... wiki/ Problem_of_mental_causation

MENTAL CAUSATION Tim Crane Department of Philosophy UCL Gower ...
mental causation. It can be argued that we are committed to the ... there is mental causation in this case is to say that the ‘because’ expresses a causal ... cranetim/ Tims_website/ Online_papers_files/ Mental%20Causation.pdf

290-7 Reading List
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"Mental Causation". In: Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
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Mental Causation by John Heil, Alfred Mele at Questia Online Library
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John Heil and Alfred Mele are both Professors of Philosopy, Davidson College, North Carolina.

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