Is Connectivity Entailed by the Physical?

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Is Connectivity Entailed by the Physical?

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A causal realist who accepts the Theory of Causal Significance accepts the existence of a fundamental kind of individual, the natural individual, which in reality is a completed receptive connection. It contains two causal aspects, its member effective individuals and the receptive connection binding them into the nexus. This chapter argues that the facts about receptive connectivity are not entailed by the physical facts and so do not ontologically supervene on those facts. Two levels of pattern in the world called Humean and nomic mosaic are examined. Also, the arguments in this chapter constitute a first link between the Theory of Causation and a potential theory of consciousness.

Keywords: causal realist; Theory of Causal Significance; receptive connection; physical facts; Humean pattern; nomic mosaic pattern; Theory of Causation; consciousness

Chapter.  4281 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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