Mental causation and mental properties

Dialectica 59 (1):5-18 (2005)

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Michael Esfeld
University of Lausanne
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The aim of this paper is to defend the causal homogeneity of functional, mental properties against Kim’s attack. It is argued that (a) token identity is sufficient for mental causation, that (b) token identity implies a sort of functional reduction, but that (c) nonetheless functional, mental properties can be causally homogeneous despite being multiply realizable: multiple composition is sufficient for multiple realizability, but multiple composition does not prevent the realizers from having their pertinent effects in common. Thus, the causal exclusion problem provides no argument for abandoning the position that there are functional, mental properties that are natural kind properties
Keywords Causation  Composition  Homogeneity  Mental  Metaphysics  Properties  Kim, Jaegwon
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2005.01001.x
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