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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/1995
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Notes On Contributors|
|Davidson, Anomalous Monism, and Mental Causation|
|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?|
|Some Content is Narrow|
|Object-Dependent Thoughts A Case of Superficial Necessity but Deep Contingency?|
|Abilities, Concepts, and Externalism|