Qualia and Mental Causation in a Physical World

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Terry Horgan, Marcelo Sabates, David Sosa
Cambridge University Press, Mar 5, 2015 - Philosophy - 271 pages
How does mind fit into nature? Philosophy has long been concerned with this question. No contemporary philosopher has done more to clarify it than Jaegwon Kim, a distinguished analytic philosopher specializing in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. With new contributions from an outstanding line-up of eminent scholars, this volume focuses on issues raised in Kim's work. The chapters cluster around two themes: first, exclusion, supervenience, and reduction, with attention to the causal exclusion argument for which Kim is widely celebrated; and second, phenomenal consciousness and qualia, with attention to the prospects for a functionalist account of the mental. This volume is sure to become a major focus of attention and research in the disciplines of metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
 

Contents

Two property theories and the causal conundrum
25
The free lunch
40
Does mental causation require psychophysical identities?
64
The Canberra Plan neglects ground
105
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122
Microrealization and the mental
134
Supervenience and the causal explanation of behavior
154
Visual awareness and visual qualia
167
Phenomenal externalism Lolita and the planet Xenon
190
Troubles for radical transparency
209
Open questions for methodological
231
References
252
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Marcelo Sabates is Associate Provost for International Programs at Kansas State University. David Sosa is Temple Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin.

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