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Mind in a Physical World : An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation - Jaegwon Kim

Mind in a Physical World

An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation

Paperback Published: 27th January 2000
ISBN: 9780262611534
Number Of Pages: 156
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2000. This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind--in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentally physical. Among other points, he redefines the roles of supervenience and emergence in the discussion of the mind-body problem. Arguing that various contemporary accounts of mental causation are inadequate, he offers his own partially reductionist solution on the basis of a novel model of reduction. Retaining the informal tone of the lecture format, the book is clear yet sophisticated.

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"Mr. Kim has long been a lone voice against the dominant functionalist orthodoxy, but the tide now seems to be turning in his favor. In this book he elegantly cuts through the baroque structure of recent philosophical debate, and displays the flaws common to the various sophisticated alternatives." --The Economist "This is a wonderful book: ingenious, penetrating, illuminating." --Ned Block, New York University

ISBN: 9780262611534
ISBN-10: 0262611538
Series: Representation and Mind (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 27th January 2000
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.14 x 13.61  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.23