Why even Kim-style psychophysical laws are impossible

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (3):225-237 (1999)
If the mental is subject to indeterminacy, does this rule out the possibility of psychophysical laws? One might think so. However, Jaegwon Kim has argued for the existence of a kind of psychophysical law that is not obviously susceptible to problems posed by indeterminacy. I begin by introducing a weak and relatively uncontroversial indeterminacy thesis. Then, by appealing to constraints on theories of strong supervenience and to general considerations about the nature of indeterminacy, I argue that even Kim’s laws cannot accommodate indeterminacy. The result is an argument against the possibility of Kim‐Style psychophysical laws.
Keywords Epistemology  Laws  Mental  Physical  Kim, J
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DOI 10.1111/1468-0114.00081
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