Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays
Jaegwon Kim is one of the most preeminent and most influential contributors to the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. This collection of essays presents the core of his work on supervenience and mind with two sets of postscripts especially written for the book. The essays focus on such issues as the nature of causation and events, what dependency relations other than causal relations connect facts and events, the analysis of supervenience, and the mind-body problem. A central problem in the philosophy of mind is the problem of explaining how the mind can causally influence bodily processes. Professor Kim explores this problem in detail, criticizes the nonreductionist solution of it, and offers a modified reductionist solution of his own. Both professional philosophers and their graduate students will find this an invaluable collection.
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Causation nomic subsumption and the concept of event
Events as property exemplifications
Concepts of supervenience
Strong and global supervenience revisited
Epiphenomenal and supervenient causation
Superveniencefor multiple domains
Supervenience as a philosophical concept
What is naturalized epistemology?
Mechanism purpose and explanatory exclusion
The myth of nonreductive materialism
Dretske on how reasons explain behavior
Multiple realization and the metaphysics of reduction
The nonreductivists troubles with mental causation
Postscripts on mental causation
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action Anomalism anomalous monism argument base properties behavior belief bridge laws Cartesian causal powers causal relations cause characterization claim Concepts of Supervenience condition connection content property correlations covariance Davidson dependency relation determination discussion disjunctive distinct domain Donald Davidson Dretske Dretske's eliminativism emergentism emergentists entails epiphenomenal epistemic epistemology Ernest Sosa Essay existence explanandum explanatory exclusion fact formulated global supervenience identity indiscernible individuals instantiated involving irreducible Journal of Philosophy kind lawlike logical macrocausal mental causation Mental Events mental properties mereological metaphysical mind mind-body moral multiple realization natural naturalized epistemology neural nience nomic nomological nonreductive physicalism normative object ontological pain Philosophical physical event physical properties physical realization physicalist predicates principle problem psychophysical laws psychophysical supervenience question Quine Quine's rationality reduction reductionism relationship respect seems sense Socrates stroll strong supervenience structure superve supervenience relation supervenient causation supervenient properties theory things tion weak supervenience