Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation

Hardcover | October 4, 2008

EditorJakob Hohwy, Jesper Kallestrup

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There are few more unsettling philosophical questions than this: What happens in attempts to reduce some properties to some other more fundamental properties? Reflection on this question inevitably touches on very deep issues about ourselves, our own interactions with the world and eachother, and our very understanding of what there is and what goes on around us. If we cannot command a clear view of these deep issues, then very many other debates in contemporary philosophy seem to lose traction - think of causation, laws of nature, explanation, consciousness, personal identity,intentionality, normativity, freedom, responsibility, justice, and so on. Reduction can easily seem to unravel our world. Here, an eminent group of philosophers helps us answer this question. Their novel contributions comfortably span a number of current debates in philosophy and cognitive science: what is the nature of reduction, of reductive explanation, of mental causation? The contributions range from approachesin theoretical metaphysics, over philosophy of the special sciences and physics, to interdisciplinary studies in psychiatry and neurobiology. The authors connect strands in contemporary philosophy that are often treated separately and in combination the chapters allow the reader to see how issues ofreduction, explanation and causation mutually constrain each other. The anthology therefore moves the debate further both at the level of contributions to specific debates and at the level of integrating insights from a number of debates.

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There are few more unsettling philosophical questions than this: What happens in attempts to reduce some properties to some other more fundamental properties? Reflection on this question inevitably touches on very deep issues about ourselves, our own interactions with the world and eachother, and our very understanding of what there i...

Jakob Hohwy obtained his PhD from the Australian National University. He is a lecturer in philosophy at Monash University, Melbourne. Hohwy works on issues of reduction and explanation in science, and engages in interdisciplinary research with neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Jesper Kallestrup obtained his PhD from the University o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 4, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup: Introduction1. Valerie Gray Hardcastle and Rosalyn Stewart: Reduction and Embodied Cognition:Perspectives from Medicine and Psychiatry2. John Bickle: Real Reduction in Real Neuroscience: Metascience, Not Philosophy of Science (and Certainly Not Metaphysics!)3. Peter Godfrey-Smith: Reduction in Real Life4. Christian List and Philip Pettit: Group Agency and Supervenience5. Jaegwon Kim: Reduction and Reductive Explanation: Is One Possible without the Other?6. Peter Lipton: CP Laws, Reduction, and Explanatory Pluralism7. David Papineau: Must a Physicalist be a Microphysicalist?8. Barry Loewer: Why There iIs/i Anything except Physics9. Louise Antony: Multiple realisation: keeping it real10. Tim Crane: Causation and determinable properties: on the efficacy of colour, shape and size11. Peter Menzies: The exclusion problem, the determination relation, and contrastive causation12. James Woodward: Mental Causation and Neural Mechanisms13. Daniel Stoljar: Distinctions in Distinction14. Karen Bennett: Exclusion againIndex