Superproportionality and mind-body relations

Theoria 16 (40):65-75 (2001)
Mental causes are threatened from two directions: from below, since they would appear to be screened off by lower-order, e.g., neural states; and from within, since they would also appear to be screened off by intrinsic, e.g., syntactical states. A principle needed to parry the first threat -causes should be proportional to their effects- appears to leave us open to the second; for why should unneeded extrinsic detail be any less offensive to proportionality than excess microstructure? I say that the second threat relies on a perversion of proportionality that would lay waste to all causal relations
Keywords Body  Epiphenomenalism  Intentionality  Metaphysics  Mind  Supervenience
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