David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Kenneth S. Kendler & Josef Parnas (eds.), Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Explanation, Phenomenology, and Nosology. Johns Hopkins University Press (2008)
I want to explore one small corner of the concept of mental causality. It’s the corner where discussions about mind-body interactions and epiphenomenalism take place. My basic contention is that these discussions are framed in the wrong terms because they are infected by a mind-body dualism which defines the question of mental causality in a classic or standard way: How does a mental event cause my body to do what it does? Setting the question in this way has consequences for ongoing interdisciplinary (psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical) discussions of mental causation, as well as free will, and for our understanding of what we mean by a sense of agency for action. These concepts, in turn, have much to do with our understanding of what goes wrong in certain instances of psychopathology. I’ll try to get to this issue in the final part of my paper. Let me first set the historical scene of what I am calling this standard way of understanding the problem of mental causality.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
M. de Pinedo (2006). Anomalous Monism: Oscillating Between Dogmas. Synthese 148 (1):79-97.
Karlyn K. Campbell (1970). Body and Mind. Doubleday.
Jaegwon Kim (1979). Causality, Identity and Supervenience in the Mind-Body Problem. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 4 (1):31-49.
William Child (1994). Causality, Interpretation, and the Mind. Oxford University Press.
Stevan Harnad (2000). Correlation Vs. Causality: How/Why the Mind-Body Problem is Hard. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (4):54-61.
Erwin Rogler & Gerhard Preyer, Anomalous Monism and Mental Causality : On the Debate of Donald Davidson's Philosophy of the Mental.
Tyler Burge (1993). Mind-Body Causation and Explanatory Practice. In John Heil & Alfred R. Mele (eds.), Mental Causation. Oxford University Press.
Matthew Soteriou (2009). Mental Agency, Conscious Thinking, and Phenomenal Character. In Lucy O'Brien & Matthew Soteriou (eds.), Mental Actions. Oxford University Press. 231.
Jakob Hohwy (2005). The Experience of Mental Causation. Behavior and Philosophy 32 (2):377-400.
David Robb & John Heil, Mental Causation. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads64 ( #24,963 of 1,099,821 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #51,183 of 1,099,821 )
How can I increase my downloads?