TITLE

The Supervenience Argument Generalizes

AUTHOR(S)
Bontly, Thomas D.
PUB. DATE
May 2002
SOURCE
Philosophical Studies;May2002, Vol. 109 Issue 1, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In his recent book, Jaegwon Kim argues that psychophysical supervenience without psychophysical reduction renders mental causation `unintelligible'. He also claims that, contrary to popular opinion, his argument against supervenient mental causation cannot be generalized so as to threaten the causal efficacy of other `higher-level' properties: e.g., the properties of special sciences like biology. In this paper, I argue that none of the considerations Kim advances are sufficient to keep the supervenience argument from generalizing to all higher-level properties, and that Kim's position in fact entails that only the properties of fundamental physical particles are causally efficacious.
ACCESSION #
9804623

 

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