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Mental Causation: A Counterfactual Theory

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2020.05.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Kroedel, Mental Causation: A Counterfactual Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 224pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108487146. Reviewed by Umut Baysan, University of Oxford In this relatively short book, Thomas Kroedel has two central goals: (i) to propose and defend a theory of causation; (ii) to show how mental causation is possible. Regarding (i), as the title suggests, we are given a counterfactual theory of causation, supported with auxiliary theories concerning metaphysics of events and semantics of counterfactual conditionals. As to (ii), by "mental causation", Kroedel really means "causation of physical effects by mental causes" (p. 1), so he is not interested in cases where mental events cause other mental events. Focusing on the mental-to-physical cases, Kroedel explores what various views in contemporary metaphysics of mind imply about the possibility of mental causation. Mental causation -- in particular causation of physical effects by mental causes... Read More

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