Mental Causation

ISBN-10: 019823564X

ISBN-13: 9780198235644

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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 behaviour 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: 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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List price: $68.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Notes On Contributors
Davidson, Anomalous Monism, and Mental Causation
Thinking Causes
Can Supervenience and 'Non-Strict Laws'Save Anomalous Monism?
On Davidson's Response to the Chargeof Epiphenomenalism
Davidson's Thinking Causes ERNEST SOSA
Causation and Explanation
Mental Causation: Sustaining and Dynamic
Metaphysics and Mental Causation
Mind--Body Causation and Explanatory Practice
Mental Events as Structuring Causes of Behaviour
The Union Theory and Anti-Individualism
Agency and Causal Explanation
The Non-Reductivist's Troubles with Mental Causation
Explanation in Biopsychology
Who's in Charge Here? And Who's Doing All the Work?
Content
Some Content is Narrow
Object-Dependent Thoughts A Case of Superficial Necessity but Deep Contingency?
Abilities, Concepts, and Externalism
Index
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