Review of Jaegwon Kim, Supervenience and Mind

Post, John F. (1995) Review of Jaegwon Kim, Supervenience and Mind. [Journal (Paginated)]

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"Adaptation properties," as individuated according to evolutionary biology, cannot be reduced to physical properties of the token items that have the adaptation properties. This causes serious if not fatal trouble for several of Kim's crucial theses: the Causal Individuation of Kinds, Weak Supervenience, Alexander's Dictum, the synchronicity thesis (that all psychological kinds supervene on the contemporaneous physical states of the organism), the Correlation Thesis, and indeed his Restricted Correlation Thesis. All these theses are strongly individualist, in the sense of entailing that all a thing's properties are determined by its own physical properties and relations, contrary to many properties in biology and psychology.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:individualism, individualist, individuation, supervenience, supervene, dependence, determination, determine, nonreductive determination, Kim, Millikan, reduction, explanation, physicalism, identity, global supervenience, weak supervenience, realization, physical realization, psychoneural reduction, materialism, property, dualism, property dualism, kinds, natural kinds, adaptation, correlation thesis, Alexander's dictum, causal individuation of kinds, downward causation, nonreductive physicalism, nonreductive materialism, function, teleofunction, proper function
Subjects:Biology > Evolution
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Psychology > Psychobiology
ID Code:392
Deposited By: Post, John F.
Deposited On:02 Sep 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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