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The Causation of Psychoneural Pairs

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/9780198242826.003.0004

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The Causation of Psychoneural Pairs

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The question that have been considered in previous chapters had something to do with how the mind is related to the brain, or the relation between mental and neural events. In particular, it was questioned how a mental event exactly is related to the particular neural event to which it is intimately related and thus with which it is simultaneous. The identity theory in its various forms attempts an answer to this question of the psychoneural relation. As the Correlation Hypothesis is supplemented, it brings about a Union Theory that leads to the question which seeks to find out an explanation for mental events. Answers to this and other questions partly depend for their worth on, and can be tested by, what they include or entail by way of answers to the second question which is the explanation of mental events.

Keywords: mind; brain; neural events; identity theory; Correlation Hypothesis; Union Theory; causation; psychoneural pairs; psychoneural correlation; causal interactionism

Chapter.  29026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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