What was Huxley's epiphenomenalism?

Biology and Philosophy 16 (3):357-375 (2001)
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Abstract

Thomas Huxley is often identified as the originator of the doctrineknown as ``epiphenomenalism,'' but there appears to be littleappreciation for the details of Huxley's theory. In particular,conflicting interpretations show that there is uncertainty about twoaspects of his position: whether mental states are completelywithout causal powers or simply have no influence on the behavior theyare typically taken to explain, and whether conscious epiphenomena arethemselves physical states of the brain or immaterial items. I clarifythese issues and show that Huxley's brand of epiphenomenalism is in factdifferent from the forms usually attributed to him.

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Explanatory Epiphenomenalism.Neil Campbell - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (220):437-451.

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Consciousness Explained.William G. Lycan - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (3):424.
The Metaphysic of Experience.Shadworth H. Hodgson - 1899 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 48:505-515.

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