The epistemological approach to mental causation

Autor(en): Walter, Sven 
Stichwörter: Philosophy
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Journal: ERKENNTNIS
Volumen: 67
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 273
Seitenende: 285
Zusammenfassung: 
Epistemological approaches to mental causation argue that the notorious problem of mental causation as captured in the question ``How can irreducible, physically realized, and potentially relational mental properties be causally efficacious in the production of physical effects?'' has a very simple solution: One merely has to abandon any metaphysical considerations in favor of epistemological considerations and accept that our explanatory practice is a much better guide to causal relevance than the metaphysical reasoning carried out from the philosophical armchair. I argue that epistemological approaches to mental causation do not enjoy any genuine advantage over theories which treat the problem of mental causation as a genuinely metaphysical problem.
ISSN: 01650106
DOI: 10.1007/s10670-007-9077-7

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