Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 26, 1993 - Philosophy - 377 pages
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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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Contents

Causation nomic subsumption and the concept of event
3
Noncausal connections
22
Events as property exemplifications
33
Concepts of supervenience
53
Strong and global supervenience revisited
79
Epiphenomenal and supervenient causation
92
Superveniencefor multiple domains
109
Supervenience as a philosophical concept
131
Psychophysical laws
194
What is naturalized epistemology?
216
Mechanism purpose and explanatory exclusion
237
The myth of nonreductive materialism
265
Dretske on how reasons explain behavior
285
Multiple realization and the metaphysics of reduction
309
The nonreductivists troubles with mental causation
336
Postscripts on mental causation
358

Postscripts on supervenience
161
Psychophysical supervenience
175

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