Epiphenomenalism

[Revised entry by William Robinson on February 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Epiphenomenalism is the view that mental events are caused by physical events in the brain, but have no
Philosophy News image
[Revised entry by William Robinson on February 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Epiphenomenalism is the view that mental events are caused by physical events in the brain, but have no effects upon any physical events. Behavior is caused by muscles that contract upon receiving neural impulses, and neural impulses are generated by input from other neurons or from sense organs. On the epiphenomenalist view, mental events play no causal role in this process. Huxley (1874), who held the view, compared mental events to a steam whistle that contributes nothing to...

Continue reading . . .

News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

blog comments powered by Disqus