Interrogating the Epiphenomenalist Tradition

Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 33 (3):481-501 (2016)
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Epiphenomenalism has had a long historical tradition. It is the view that mental properties are causally inert with respect to the physical world. In this paper, I argue that this tradition faces enormous challenges and needs better arguments to defend its position, and to demonstrate this, I interrogate the strands including computationalism, the idea of the illusion of conscious will, and causal exclusionism.



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