Anti-reductionism and the mind-body problem

Philosophy Research Archives 10:441-454 (1984)
Abstract
I argue that there are good reasons to deny both type-type and token-token mind-brain identity theories. Yet on the other hand there are compelling reasons for thinking that there is a causal basis for the mind. I argue that a path out of this impasse involves not only showing that criteria of individuation do not determine identity, but also that there are sound methodological reasons for thinking that the cause of intelligent behavior is a real natural kind. Finally, a commitment to this methodology suggests both that these familiar anti-reductionist arguments fail to establish that identity is impossible and at the same time suggest that the preferred alternative will be some version of neutral monism
Keywords Body  Individuation  Metaphysics  Mind  Reductionism
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DOI 10.5840/pra19841013
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