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Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind

Jaegwon Kim


This book is a collection of 14 essays; 11 of these have been previously published and three are new. All but one of them have been written since 1993 when my essay collection Supervenience and Mind appeared. Essays used in the monographs, Mind in a Physical World and Physicalism, Or Something Near Enough, have been excluded. The book begins with four essays on emergence and related issues; in one way or another, each of these essays raises difficulties for the idea of emergence. In particular, the last essay casts serious doubt on the intelligibility of the very idea of ontological emergence ... More

Keywords: emergence, emergentism, layered model, downward causation, supervenience, action explanation, first‐person point of view, agent's point of view, normativity, explanation, explanatory exclusion, reduction, reductive explanation, theory of explanation, understanding, law, special science, anomalism of the mental, epiphenomenalism, anomalous monism, physicalism, mental causation, nonreductive physicalism, realization, subset realization, second‐order realization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585878.001.0001


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Jaegwon Kim, author
Brown University
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