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Journal
2008 | 16 | 3-4(63-64) |
Article title

THE SUPERVENIENCE ARGUMENT AND NON-CONSTRUCTIVE NATURALISM (Argument z Superweniencji a niekonstruktywny naturalizm)

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In a series of influential articles Jaegwon Kim has developed strong arguments against nonreductive physicalism as a possible solution to the problem of mental causation. One of them is the Supervenience Argument which states that assuming the mental/physical supervenience thesis, the causal closure principle, the exclusion principle with the no-overdetermination requirement and property dualism we obtain the conclusion that mental causation is unintelligible. On the other hand Collin McGinn has argued that a solution to the mind-body problem is forever beyond our reach: we can never understand how the brain produces consciousness and therefore the relation between them must remain mysterious. The main aim of the paper is to demonstrate that Kim's Supervenience Argument corroborates McGinn's pessimistic conclusion (of course, if we do not assume any form of reductive physicalism or epiphenomenalism). Thereby it tries to show that the Supervenience Argument could be treated as a justification of non-constructive naturalism (aka new misterianism): we do not understand mental causation, because we can not understand how the brain generates consciousness. It also suggest considering possibility that the thesis of causal closure of the physical domain might entail the cognitive closure thesis (the claim that those properties of the brain which are responsible for conscious processes are in principle cognitively closed to us).
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  • Mariusz Grygianiec, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydzial Filozofii i Socjologii, Zaklad Filozofii Nauki, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 3, 00-047 Warszawa, Poland
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09PLAAAA060312
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