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The Mind in Nature$
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C. B. Martin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234103.001.0001

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Emergence, Reduction, Mental Chauvinism

Emergence, Reduction, Mental Chauvinism

(p.129) 10 Emergence, Reduction, Mental Chauvinism
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This chapter discusses the concepts of emergence, reduction, and mental chauvinism. It argues that emergence might appear to be a metaphysically magical idea, but only so long as we do not look carefully at non-emergence. If there were no emergence of properties, then all simple and intrinsic properties of the effect have to be found in and extracted from the cause: the ‘pipeline’ conception of causality. It considers a function found in most, probably all, mammalian mental cortical systems — internal signaling — which could provide a solution to otherwise perplexing problems in the philosophy of mind.

Keywords:   causality, explanatory reduction, ontological reduction, philosophy of mind, internal signaling

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