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Mind and Agency

Bede Rundle

in Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270507
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270503.003.0007
Mind and Agency

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The claim of mind to be more basic than matter is considered, as also its relation to agency. Spirits, forces, and energy are then discussed, and our conclusion is reinforced that, while it is nonsensical to hold that everything is material, we can maintain that, if anything exists, matter does, on the grounds that it is only in matter that the necessary independent existence is to be found.

Keywords: agency; energy; force; mind; spirit

Chapter.  8812 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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