Physical and mental? : reply to John Searle

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Abstract

In my reply I focus on three topics: the usefulness of Searle's physical analogies for understanding the relationship between higher-level mental properties and lower-level physical properties, the question of overdetermination and the causal efficacy of unconscious intentional states. I argue that Searle's reply does not refute my arguments against his analogies, while concerns about overdetermination are only taken away because his reply shows that there is no genuine unconscious mental causation in his view. That makes it hard to understand how he can maintain at the same time that we follow rules unconsciously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-183
JournalInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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