Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation

Paperback | January 27, 2000

byJaegwon Kim

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This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind -- in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentally physical. Among other points, he redefines the roles of supervenience and emergence in the discussion of the mind-body problem. Arguing that various contemporary accounts of mental causation are inadequate, he offers his own partially reductionist solution on the basis of a novel model of reduction. Retaining the informal tone of the lecture format, the book is clear yet sophisticated.

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 Based on a series of Townsend lectures that Jaegwon Kim gave in 1996, Mind in a Physical World is about the age-old split between our consciousness and the limitations of the human body. According to Kim, it’s difficult to find a place for the mind in a fundamentally physical world. And although the author doesn’t supply a transcenden...

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This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind -- in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentall...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 7.7 × 5.3 × 0.4 inPublished:January 27, 2000Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262611538

ISBN - 13:9780262611534

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 Based on a series of Townsend lectures that Jaegwon Kim gave in 1996, Mind in a Physical World is about the age-old split between our consciousness and the limitations of the human body. According to Kim, it’s difficult to find a place for the mind in a fundamentally physical world. And although the author doesn’t supply a transcendental solution to this visceral dilemma, he’s noteworthy for rebelling against the traditional theory of the powerful connection between the mind and body.

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"Mr. Kim has long been a lone voice against the dominant functionalist orthodoxy, but the tide now seems to be turning in his favor. In this book he elegantly cuts through the baroque structure of recent philosophical debate, and displays the flaws common to the various sophisticated alternatives."-- "The Economist""This is a wonderful book: ingenious, penetrating, illuminating."-- Ned Block, New York University