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In Defense of Epiphenomenalism

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Abstract:

Recent worries about possible epiphenomenalist consequences of nonreductive physicalism are misplaced, not, as many have argued, because nonreductive physicalism does not imply epiphenomenalism but because the epiphenomenalist implication is actually a virtue of the theory, rather than a vice. It is only by showing how certain kinds of mental properties are causally impotent that cognitive scientific explanations of mentality as we know them are possible.

Keywords: Epiphenomenalism; Functionalism; Mental Causation; Nonreductive Physicalism; Reduction; Type Materialism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515080601001861

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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