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Mind Matters

Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580781
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0012
Mind Matters

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This chapter argues that contra claims made by may critics of Davidson's “anomolous monism” (AM) his view that there are no strict laws connecting psychological properties/predicates does not entail that mental properties are not causally relevant. The chapter characterizes the causal relevance of properties in terms of the obtaining of certain counterfactuals and show that these counterfactuals may be true even if, as AM claims, there are no strict laws involving psychological properties.

Keywords: monism; strict laws; counterfactuals; D. Davidson; causal relevance

Chapter.  6025 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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