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Russellian Monism and Mental Causation

Abstract Russellian monism is a promising theory of consciousness that attempts to capture the strengths of both physicalism and dualism while avoiding their weaknesses. I begin by showing that the Russellian monist’s chief anti-physicalist rival, emergentism, is unable to give an adequate solution to the exclusion problem. Specifically, they fall prey to what I call “the opacity problem.” That is, because the emergentist is committed to there being both a sufficient physical cause and a sufficient mental cause for our actions, it is unclear what difference the mental cause is making in bringing about the effect. This is because, for the physical cause to truly be a sufficient cause, it must be sufficient to bring about the effect as it occurred. Th... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Schreick, Forrest J. (Author) / Kobes, Bernard W. (Advisor) / Reynolds, Steven L. (Advisor) / Pinillos, N. Angel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / Metaphysics / Combination Problem / Consciousness / Exclusion Problem / Mental causation / Panpsychism / Russellian monism
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 73 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Philosophy 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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