Mental Causation and Mental Properties

Author: Esfeld, Michael

Source: dialectica, Volume 59, Number 1, March 2005 , pp. 5-18(14)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The aim of this paper is to defend the causal homogeneity of functional, mental properties against Kim's attack. It is argued that (a) token identity is sufficient for mental causation, that (b) token identity implies a sort of functional reduction, but that (c) nonetheless functional, mental properties can be causally homogeneous despite being multiply realizable: multiple composition is sufficient for multiple realizability, but multiple composition does not prevent the realizers from having their pertinent effects in common. Thus, the causal exclusion problem provides no argument for abandoning the position that there are functional, mental properties that are natural kind properties.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Lausanne, Department of Philosophy, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland;, Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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