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Surviving Eliminativism

Trenton Merricks

in Objects and Persons

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245369
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245363.003.0004
 Surviving Eliminativism

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I argue that we human organisms—though composite—are not mere overdeterminers. We cause, by way of having conscious mental properties, some effects that our constituent atoms do not cause. (My defence of this claim involves considerations regarding supervenience. I argue that our existing and having conscious mental properties does not supervene on the features of, and relations among, our microphysical parts.) Because mental causation makes us causally non‐redundant, we are not eliminated by the overdetermination argument of Ch. 3.

Keywords: causation; eliminativism; human organism; mental causation; overdetermination; overdetermination argument; person; supervenience

Chapter.  10868 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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