Emergence in Mind by Cynthia Macdonald

Emergence in Mind

EditorCynthia Macdonald, Graham Macdonald

Hardcover | May 8, 2010

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There have long been controversies about how it is that minds can fit into a physical universe. Emergence in Mind presents new essays by a distinguished group of philosophers investigating whether mental properties can be said to 'emerge' from the physical processes in the universe. Suchemergence requires mental properties to be different from physical properties, and much of the discussion relates to what the consequences of such a difference might be in areas such as freedom of the will, and the possibility of scientific explanations of non-physical (for example, social)phenomena. The volume also extends the debate about emergence by considering the independence of chemical properties from physical properties, and investigating what would need to be the case for there to be groups that could be said to exercise rationality.

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Cynthia Macdonald is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research interests focus on the metaphysical foundations of mental causation and explanation and authoritative self-knowledge. Related recent publications include Varieties ...

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Title:Emergence in MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Cynthia Macdonald and Graham Macdonald: Introduction2. Tim Crane: Cosmic Hermeneutics vs. Emergence: The Challenge of the Explanatory Gap.3. Michele Di Francesco: Explanation, Emergence and Causality: Comments on Crane.4. Timothy O'Connor and John Ross Churchill: Is Nonreductive Physicalism Viable Within a Causal Powers Metaphysic?5. Stephan Leuenberger: Exclusion and Physicalism: Comments on O'Connor and Churchill.6. Paul Noordhof: Emergent Causation and Property Causation.7. Simone Gozzano: Emergence: Laws and Properties: Comments On Noordhof.8. Peter Menzies and Christian List: The Causal Autonomy of the Special Sciences.9. Ausonio Marras and Juhani Yli-Vakkuri: Causal and Explanatory Autonomy: A Reply to Menzies and List.10. Cynthia Macdonald and Graham Macdonald: Emergence and Downward Causation.11. Peter Wyss: Identity With a Difference: Comments on Macdonald and Macdonald.12. David Papineau: Can Any Sciences Be Special?13. Michael Esfeld: Can Any Sciences be Special? Comment on Papineau.14. Robin Findlay Hendry: Emergence vs. Reduction in Chemistry.15. Achim Stephan: An Emergentist's Perspective on the Problem of Free Will.16. Max Kistler: Strong Emergence and Freedom: Comment on A. Stephan.17. Philip Pettit: Rationality, Reasoning and Group Agency.