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Hardcover | Out of Print | 156 pp. | 5.3 x 7.7 in | October 1998 | ISBN: 9780262112345
Paperback | $30.00 Short | £24.95 | 156 pp. | 5.3 x 7.7 in | January 2000 | ISBN: 9780262611534
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Mind in a Physical World

An Essay on the Mind-Body Problem and Mental Causation


This book, based on Jaegwon Kim's 1996 Townsend Lectures, presents the philosopher's current views on a variety of issues in the metaphysics of the mind—in particular, the mind-body problem, mental causation, and reductionism. Kim construes the mind-body problem as that of finding a place for the mind in a world that is fundamentally physical. Among other points, he redefines the roles of supervenience and emergence in the discussion of the mind-body problem. Arguing that various contemporary accounts of mental causation are inadequate, he offers his own partially reductionist solution on the basis of a novel model of reduction. Retaining the informal tone of the lecture format, the book is clear yet sophisticated.


Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2000.