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



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Chapter 8. Overdeterminationism ………..….…...…………………...…. 205

8.1 Proportionality………………………..……...…..….……..…………... 206

8.1.1 GILMORE’S PAIN….…………….……………………..….… 206

8.1.2 YABLO’S ACCOUNT….…………….……………...……..… 207

8.1.3 YABLO AS AN OVERDETERMINATIONIST….………..… 210

8.2 Mental Causation without Proportionality.…..….……..…………... 212

8.2.1 THE EXPANDED GILMORE CASE….……………….…..… 212

8.2.2 FIRST RESPONSE…………………….……………….…..… 213

8.2.3 COUNTERPART GILMORE……...….……………….…..… 214

8.2.4 THE ABSENCE OF STRICT LAWS………………….…..… 218

8.2.5 CONCLUSION….…………………….……………….…..… 219

8.3 The Broader Picture.…..….…………………………..…………... 220

8.3.1 A SIMPLEMINDED APPROACH.…..….……..…………... 221

8.3.2 GILMORE’S ANXIETY.…..….………………..…………... 222

8.4 The No Competition Approach to Mental Causation..….……….... 223

8.4.1 COUNTERFACTUALS AND CAUSAL REASONING....... 224

8.4.2 CAUSES AND BACKGROUND CONDITIONS................. 225

8.4.3 REALIZATION-SENSITIVE CAUSAL POWERS.............. 227

8.4.4 PUTNAM’S PEG..….…………………………………….... 231




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