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Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation

Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup

Abstract

There are few more unsettling philosophical questions than this: ‘what happens in attempts to reduce some properties to some other more fundamental properties?’ Reflection on this question inevitably touches on very deep issues about ourselves, our own interactions with the world and each other, and our very understanding of what there is and what goes on around us. If we cannot command a clear view of these deep issues, then very many other debates in contemporary philosophy seem to lose traction — think of causation, laws of nature, explanation, consciousness, personal identity, intentionali ... More

Keywords: reduction, reductive explanation, causation, laws of nature, properties, mind-body problem, physicalism, non-reductive physicalism, dualism, supervenience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211531.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jakob Hohwy, editor
Monash University, Australia
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Jesper Kallestrup, editor
University of Edinburgh
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