Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind S Powers in a Natural World Jens Harbecke

ISBN: 9783110324495

Published: April 15th 2008

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434 pages


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Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind S Powers in a Natural World  by  Jens Harbecke

Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind S Powers in a Natural World by Jens Harbecke
April 15th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 434 pages | ISBN: 9783110324495 | 3.69 Mb

This work is a systematic investigation of a range of solutions offered today for the philosophical problem of mental causation. The premises constituting the problem are analyzed before a survey is developed of the most popular theories on mentalMoreThis work is a systematic investigation of a range of solutions offered today for the philosophical problem of mental causation.

The premises constituting the problem are analyzed before a survey is developed of the most popular theories on mental causation. It is demonstrated in detail why most of these canonical solutions must be considered deficient. In a third part, the new compatibilist s approach to mental causation is explored, which is characterized by assertion of a non-identity-but-non-distinctness principle.

The last part aims to offer an alternative solution to the problem. On the basis of a certain set of counterfactual conditionals, which are jointly taken to provide a definition of causal proportionality that improves the existing definitions, it is shown that a specific, and hitherto widely neglected, version of causal overdeterminationism must be considered the most successful solution to the problem of mental causation.



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