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Mind and Mentality

John Heil

in The Universe As We Find It

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596201
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596201.003.0010
Mind and Mentality

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The mental–physical distinction is scrutinized, and the possibility (defended by Spinoza and by Davidson) that the distinction is not a ‘real distinction’, but one of conception only, is defended. Philosophical motives for property dualism are assessed and found wanting. Metaphysical infelicities inherent in property dualism are highlighted, and various options including epiphenomenalism, emergence, and panpsychism evaluated and rejected.

Keywords: mental; physical; real distinction; property dualism; non-reductive physicalism; epiphenomenalism; emergence; panpsychism; Davidson; Spinoza

Chapter.  6136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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