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Psychoneural Nomic Correlation

Ted Honderich

in Mind and Brain

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242826
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242826.003.0003

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Psychoneural Nomic Correlation

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Each of the three hypotheses making up the theory of determinism expounded in the first part of this book has to do with mental events, which is to say events within consciousness. Thus, it is important first to have a conception of consciousness. Attention is paid to the logico-linguistic conception of consciousness, in terms of independent and dependent truth-values, precisely because of its literalness and precision but those virtues are in short supply in connection with conceptions of consciousness. The objection from domains, then, appears to be like its predecessors in failing to prevent further consideration of the Correlation Hypothesis. The hypothesis may not be true, but it does not fall victim to the philosophical and theoretical objections that have been considered.

Keywords: consciousness; truth-values; mental realism; causalism; functionalism; Correlation Hypothesis; mental dispositions; identity theories; psychoneural nomic correlation

Chapter.  34089 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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