Personal and subpersonal: A difference without a distinction

Philosophical Explorations 3 (1):63-82 (2000)
This paper argues that, while there is a difference between personal and sub-personal explanation, claims of autonomy should be treated with scepticism. It distinguishes between horizontal and vertical explanatory relations that might hold between facts at the personal and facts at the sub-personal level. Noting that many philosophers are prepared to accept vertical explanatory relations between the two levels, I argue for the stronger claim that, in the case of at least three central personal level phenomena, the demands of explanatory adequacy require postulating horizontal explanatory relations.
Keywords Behavior  Metaphysics  Personal  Sub-personal
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DOI 10.1080/13869790008520981
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