Can Any Sciences Be Special?

David Papineau

in Emergence in Mind

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583621
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723483 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Can Any Sciences Be Special?

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The viability of non‐reductive physicalism has been extensively discussed over the last half‐century. Most of the debate has focused on whether there are any non‐reduced causes. However, there has been far less discussion of whether there are any non‐reduced laws. This chapter argues that there are fewer of these than is generally supposed, and that those that do obtain are relatively insubstantial. These points turn out to cast some useful light on the question of non‐reduced causes.

Keywords: special science; monism; laws; reduction; selection; causes

Chapter.  8795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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