Sponsored by: AHRC, The Mind Association, Analysis and Durham University
It has been suggested that the mental causation debate is ‘up against a dead end' (Kim1993), and even that a solution to the problem is forever beyond our reach (McGinn 1994). The purpose of this conference is to present and discuss the latest research output of scholars attempting to re-assess the problem of mental causation in light of recent advances in metaphysics. A particular focus is on new accounts of powers, properties and causation, and of categories and levels of being.
14:30-16:00 Prof. John Heil, Causation and Mental Properties
16:30-18:00 Prof. David Robb, Tropes, Types, and Mental Causation
09:00-10:30 Prof. Tim Crane, Mental Substances and their Powers
11:00-12:30 Prof. Peter Simons, Causation by Continuants: Loyal Opposition
13:30-15:00 Prof. David Papineau, Variable Realization and Causal Laws
15:30-17:00 Prof. Sydney Shoemaker, Physical Realization without Preemption
09:00-10:30 Prof. Paul Noordhof, Mental Causation: Ontology and Patterns of Variation
11:00-12:30 Prof. Tim O'Connor, Nonreductive Physicalism or Emergent Dualism? The Argument from Mental Causation
13:30-15:00 Prof. Barry Loewer, Enough of Mental Causation? Already?
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