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THEORIA. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 2010, 25 3

Autor: Ivar HANNIKAINEN

Fuente: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=339730813001


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THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia ISSN: 0495-4548 theoria@ehu.es Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea España HANNIKAINEN, Ivar Questioning the Causal Inheritance Principle THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, vol.
25, núm.
3, 2010, pp.
261277 Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Donostia-San Sebastián, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=339730813001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Questioning the Causal Inheritance Principle * Ivar HANNIKAINEN Received: 9.7.2010 Final Version: 16.8.2010 BIBLID [0495-4548 (2010) 25: 69; pp.
261-277] ABSTRACT: Mental causation, though a forceful intuition embedded in our commonsense psychology, is difficult to square with the rest of commitments of physicalism about the mind.
Advocates of mental causation have found solace in the causal inheritance principle, according to which the mental properties of mental states share the causal powers of their physical counterparts.
In this paper, I present a variety of counterarguments to causal inheritance and conclude that the conditions for causal inheritance are stricter than what standing versions of said principle imply.
In line with this, physicalism may be destined to epiphenomenalism unless multiple realizability turns out false. Keywords: causal exclusion problem; epiphenomenalism; Jaegwon Kim; mental causation; multiple realizability; Derk Pereboom. 1.
The causal exclusion problem It is virtually a platitude of commonsense psychology that our mental states are causally efficacious.
Examples abound in daily life which seemingly illustrate that our mental lives are causally relevant with respect to th...





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