Mental Causation and Mental Reality

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:185-202 (1992)
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Abstract

The Problems of Mental Causation. Functionalism in the philosophy of mind identifies mental states with their dispositional connections with other mental states, perceptions and actions. Many theories of the mind have sailed under the Functionalist flag. But what I take to be essential to Functionalism is that mental states are individuated causally: the reality of mental states depends essentially on their causal efficacy.

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Tim Crane
Central European University

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