Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Downward Causation

2017.08.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michele Paolini Paoletti and Francesco Orilia (eds.), Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Downward Causation, Routledge,
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2017.08.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michele Paolini Paoletti and Francesco Orilia (eds.), Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Downward Causation, Routledge, 2017, 333pp., $140 (hbk), ISBN 9781138195059. Reviewed by Stuart Glennan, Butler University Much has been written in the past twenty-five years on the topic of downward causation -- enough that one might wonder if we need another volume devoted to the topic. But Paolini Paoletti's and Orilia's anthology, comprising eighteen chapters from European and American metaphysicians, philosophers of mind, philosophers of science, and scientists, offers a good sense of where things stand together with some interesting suggestions on how to move forward. The book is divided into three parts -- "Downward Causation and the Metaphysics of Causation," "Downward Causation and the Sciences," and "Downward Causation, Mind and Agency." The divisions are somewhat arbitrary; for instance, issues of. . .

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