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Personal AgencyThe Metaphysics of Mind and Action$
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E. J. Lowe

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217144.001.0001

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The Self as an Emergent Substance

The Self as an Emergent Substance

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(p.92) 5 The Self as an Emergent Substance
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217144.003.0006

This chapter explains why traditional arguments in favour of substance dualism are avoided in this book. In their place a new argument is presented which, however, supports only a non-Cartesian version of this view, according to which beings like ourselves — persons or, more generally, subjects of experience — are bearers of both psychological and physical properties, while nonetheless being distinct from our biological bodies and any parts of them. It is then explained why this view is well-suited to accommodating the dualistic psychophysical interactionism defended in the earlier chapters. The chapter concludes with a new and intuitively compelling argument against physicalist theories of mind. This completes Part I of the book.

Keywords:   emergentism, interactionism, persons, physicalism, substance dualism

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