Physicalism, or Something near Enough

ISBN-10: 0691133859

ISBN-13: 9780691133850

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jaegwon Kim

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A strong physicalist outlook has dominated contemporary discussions of the mind-body problem. This text determines, after half a century of debate, what kind of physicalism, or 'how much' physicalism, we can lay claim to.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Synopsis of the Arguments
Mental Causation and Consciousness: Our Two Mind-Body Problems
Mental Causation and Consciousnessx
The Supervenience/Exclusion Argument
Can We Reduce Qualia?
The Two World-Knots
The Supervenience Argument Motivated, Clarified, and Defended
Nonreductive Physicalism
The Fundamental Idea
The Supervenience Argument Refined and Clarified
Is Overdetermination an Option?
The Generalization Argument
Block's Causal Drainage Argument
The Rejection of Immaterial Minds: A Causal Argument
Cartesian Dualism and Mental Causation
Causation and the "Pairing" Problem
Causality and Space
Why Not Locate Souls in Space?
Concluding Remarks
Reduction, Reductive Explanation, and Closing the "Gap"
Reduction and Reductive Explanation
Bridge-Law Reduction and Functional Reduction
Explanatory Ascent and Constraint (R)
Functional Reduction and Reductive Explanation
Kripkean Identities and Reductive Explanation
Remarks about Block and Stalnaker's Proposal
Explanatory Arguments for Type Physicalism and Why They Don't Work
Are There Positive Arguments for Type Physicalism?
Hill's and McLaughlin's Explanatory Argument
Do Psychoneural Identities Explain Psychoneural Correlations?
Block and Stalnaker's Explanatory Argument
Another Way of Looking at the Two Explanatory Arguments
Physicalism, or Something Near Enough
Taking Stock
Physicalism at a Crossroads
Reducing Minds
Living with the Mental Residue
Where We Are at Last with the Mind-Body Problem
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