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- DescriptionHow do mental events such as choices and decisions lead to physical action? The problem of mental causation is one of the most important and intriguing philosophical issues of our time and has been at the centre of debates in the philosophy of mind for the past fifty years. In opposition to the recent wave of reductionist theories, this book argues that it is possible to account for mental causation within a nreductive framework as it adopts a broadly Davidsonian approach to mental causation: reasons cause actions because they are identical to physical events. This work then defends this approach from the frequently raised criticism that it entails epiphemenalism - the inefficacy of the mental. Moreover, Mental Causation moves beyond Davidson's views by reconsidering the question of whether reasons causally explain actions, arguing in opposition to Davidson, that explanations appealing to reasons represent a distinct category of explanation from causal explanation. Essential reading for anyone interested in debates about mental causation, this is an excellent text for senior undergraduates, graduate students, and professional philosophers.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Neil Campbell is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He has published numerous articles on the philosophy of mind, is the author of A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (2005), and is the editor of Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility: Readings in Metaphysics (2003) and Readings in Mental Causation (2003).
- Author(s)Neil Campbell
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/09/2008
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight380 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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