Lowe's Argument Against the Psychoneural Token Identity Thesis

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95 (3):372-396 (2014)
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Katarzyna Paprzycka-Hausman
University of Warsaw
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E. J. Lowe argues that the mental event token cannot be identical to the complex neural event token for they have different counterfactual properties. If the mental event had not occurred, the behavior would not have ensued, while if the neural event had not occurred, the behavior would have ensued albeit slightly differently. Lowe's argument for the neural counterfactual relies on standard possible world semantics, whose evaluation of such counterfactuals is problematic. His argument for the mental counterfactual relies on a premise that is plausibly false. My arguments support other counterfactuals, which are consistent with identity theories
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