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Minds, Causes and Mechanisms : A Case Against Physicalism - Josep E. Corbí

Minds, Causes and Mechanisms

A Case Against Physicalism


Published: 7th February 2000
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Minds, Causes, and Mechanisms questions the internal consistency of causal physicalism, and vindicates a novel approach to mental causation.Through a series of original and detailed arguments, it is made clear that many difficulties in the physicalist picture derive from an implausible view about causality. An alternative approach is defended which shows how mental contents, as opposed to functional properties, may be causally efficacious without having an implementing mechanism. This volume includes a lucid discussion of recent developments by philosophers such as Block, Davidson, Fodor, Kim, Lewis, Mellor, Putnam, Schiffer, Shoemaker, and Yablo.No one who wants to deal with the issue of mental causation, or causation in general, will be able to ignore the strong case against physicalism that this book makes.

'In their interesting and important book, Corbi and Pradessuccessfully identify and question the metaphysical assumptionsbehind current orthodoxy about mental causation, making an originaland important contribution to our understanding of this centraltopic.'

Christopher Hookway, University of Sheffield

'Minds, Causes, and Mechanisms is a timely and highlyvaluable contribution that will re-energize the ongoing debate andtake it to another level. It offers refeshingly lucid andilluminating analysis and critique of the basic assumptions andarguments that have shaped the dominant physicalist outlook in thisarea, what Corbi and Prades call "causal physicalism."This book is an essential contribution. Highly recommended.'

Jaegwon Kim, Brown University

'A thorough and subtle critique of physicalism. After readingit, even committed physicalists may conclude that their doctrine isbeyond resurrection.'

George Couvalis, Flinders University



1. Physicalism and the Mental: The Dominant View.

2. An Initial Tension: Narrowness and Multiple Realization.

3. Dispositions, Minimality, and Intrinsic Causal Powers.

4. 'Ceteris Paribus' Laws and the Autonomy of Nonbasic Properties.

5. Strict Laws, Causes, and Background Conditions.

6. Mental Causation.




ISBN: 9780631218029
ISBN-10: 0631218025
Series: Aristotelian Society Monographs Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.27  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1