Mental Causation

Mental Causation - PHI-006-1 Handout on Mental Causation...

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PHI-006-1 Handout on Mental Causation Interactionism : The view that mind and body causally interact; that is, things happening in the mind cause things to happen in the body and things happening in the body cause things to happen in the mind Fundamental Conviction : It really is fundamental to conception of ourselves as rational agents that things happening in the mind (perceptual experiences, sensations, beliefs, desires, intentions…) cause things to happen in the body (for example, when I raise my hand to signal a taxi because I desire to get to 95 th Street and I believe the most efficient way to get there is take a cab) A Contemporary Version of Elizabeth’s Argument 1. If anything causes a change in a physical object, then there must be some transfer of energy or momentum from the cause to the physical object that is changed. 2. If there is a transfer of energy or momentum from one object to another, then both objects must have mass and velocity. 3. Therefore, if anything causes a change in a physical object, then both objects must have mass and velocity. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHI 006 taught by Professor Sharpe during the Spring '08 term at Westmont.

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