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Mind in a Physical World: An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation

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This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind -- in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentally physical. Among other points, he red ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published January 27th 2000 by Bradford Book (first published 1998)
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Paul
Aug 27, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This book has inspired me to take an interest in the subject of philosophy of mind, specifically the problem of mental causation. After reading this book I have tried to read other books that clarifies or introduces the philosophical topic of philosophy of mind, but in retrospect I don't think anybody has done as well as Jaegwon Kim who knows how to make the subject stimulating and interesting.
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Oct 24, 2016 Chant rated it it was amazing
No free lunches.
Jacob Aitken
Jaegwon Kim offers a weakened physicalist discussion of supervenience and the difficulties it presents for current alternatives to Mind-Body dualism. There is some technical language but it is kept at a minimum. Of primary importance is Kim’s remarkably lucid discussion of “supervenience.”

Supervenience tries to explain how mental properties and physical kinds, not tokens, are related. Mental properties supervene on physical properties: For any property M, if anything has M at time t, then there
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Zachary
Feb 11, 2012 Zachary rated it really liked it
This a fantastic introduction to metaphysics of mind, especially if you are like me and neglected to take much (or any) philosophy of mind in college. (I was more Kant/math/language/ethics.) However, it is not meant as an introduction; therefore, although it reads smoothly (as it was originally a talk), it does not dive too deep.

Ultimately the book is a unified argument against what I like to think of as a kind of "compatibilism" for the mental: the idea that we have token reduction of the ment
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F.X. Altomare
An in-depth, philosophically technical review of the mind-body problem. The latter chapters delve into modal logic and other less appealing modes of analysis for the general reader, but the early chapters and conclusion summarize the issue nicely. However, it remains somewhat difficult to distinguish Kim's perspective from more well-known theories such as Dan Dennett's except that he repeatedly denies eliminative materialism (although he retains a materialistic standpoint). This one will likely ...more
Charles
Jul 25, 2010 Charles rated it it was amazing
Kim's trifecta of books on mental causation--this one, along with his books on physicalism and supervenience--constitute the definitive modern account of philosophy of mind. His arguments are clearly laid out, effectively argued, and, not easily brushed aside. Highly recommended.
Daniel
Apr 12, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Kim is a top-notch philosopher in philosophy of mind, and he deftly shows the ways physicalism cannot be had on the cheap.
Jong Kim
Aug 22, 2015 Jong Kim rated it really liked it
Not an easy book to read and understand. However, the author's view has been well presented in very structured way.
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Kim shows (not says) 'causation' covers the "mental" and the "non-mental" as well as a pawn covers two pieces in chess.
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Jaegwon Kim (born 1934 in Daegu, Korea (now in South Korea)) is a Korean-born American philosopher currently working at Brown University. He is best known for his work on mental causation and the mind-body problem. Key themes in his work include: a rejection of Cartesian metaphysics, the limitations of strict psychophysical identity, supervenience, and the individuation of events. Kim's work on th ...more
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