New Hope for Non-Reductive Physicalism

Julie Yoo

Abstract



Non-reductive physicalism is committed to two theses: first, that mental properties
are ontologically autonomous, and second, that physicalism is true. Jaegwon Kim has
argued that this view is unstable – to honor one thesis, one must abandon the other.
In this paper, I present an account of property realization that addresses Kim’s
criticism and that explains how the two theses are indeed comfortably compatible.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; physicalism; non-reductive physicalism; mental causation; reduction; emergentism

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