Normativism and Mental Causation by Justin Thomas Tiehen, B. A. Dissertation



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Normativism and Mental Causation
by
Justin Thomas Tiehen, B.A.

Dissertation
Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate School

of the University of Texas at Austin

in Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements

for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Texas at Austin

May 2007
TABLE OF CONTENTS


Introduction ………………………………………………………………….... 1

Chapter 1. Divergences from Davidson...…………………………………….. 8

1.1 Objections to Davidson’s Argument…………………………………...... 9

1.1.1 OBJECTIONS TO THE TRUTH OF THE ARGUMENT’S PREMISES………………………………………………………………. 9

1.1.2 OBJECTIONS TO THE ARGUMENT’S VALIDITY……………. 11

1.1.3 OBJECTIONS TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CONCLUSION ……………………………………………………………………………. 14

1.1.4 OBJECTIONS TO DAVIDSON’S VIEW OF MENTAL CAUSATION……...……………………………………….…………….. 15

1.2 Events……………………………………...……………………………… 16

1.3 The Causal Argument for Physicalism…………………………………… 17

1.3.1 WARRANT TRANSMISSION………………………………. 18

1.3.2 THE CAUSAL ARGUMENT’S GUIDING THOUGHT……. 22

1.3.3 THE METAPHYSICS BEHIND (P1) ………………………... 24

1.3.4 OVERDETERMINATION AND THE INDUCTIVE ARGUMENT FOR (P1) …………………………………………………………………. 26

1.3.5 EVIDENCE FROM THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES………….... 28

1.3.6 EVIDENCE FROM NEUROSCIENCE………………………... 34

1.3.7 CONCLUSION……………...…………….…………………… 38

1.4 Mental Causation……………………………….…………………… 38






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