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Personal Agency: The Metaphysics of Mind and Action

E. J. Lowe

Abstract

This book has two Parts. Part I prepares the ground for this theory of rational free action by seeking to undermine the threat that physicalism presents to it. This it does this by challenging the cogency of the causal closure argument for physicalism in all of its forms. It shows that a dualistic philosophy of mind — one which holds that human mental states and their subjects cannot simply be identified with bodily states and human bodies respectively — is both metaphysically coherent and entirely consistent with known empirical facts concerning mental causation and causation in the physical ... More

Keywords: agents, causation, choice, dualism, events, freedom, physicalism, powers, reasons, volitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217144.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. J. Lowe, author
Durham University
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