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Mental causation via neuroprosthetics? A critical analysis

Pernu, Tuomas K. (2018) Mental causation via neuroprosthetics? A critical analysis. Synthese. ISSN 1573-0964

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Abstract

Some recent arguments defending the genuine causal efficacy of the mental have been relying on empirical research on neuroprosthetics. This essay presents a critical analysis of these arguments. The problem of mental causation, and the basic idea and results of neuroprosthetics are reviewed. It is shown how appealing to the research on neuroprosthetics can be interpreted to give support to the idea of mental causation. However, it does so only in a rather deflationary sense: by holding the mental identical with the neural. So contrary to what the arguments have been assuming, neuroprosthetics cannot be used to argue for nonreductive physicalism. It can rather be taken to illustrate just the opposite: how the mental and the physical are identical.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Pernu, Tuomas K.
Keywords: Action control; Brain-computer interface; Causal exclusion; Difference-making; Interventionism; Multiple realisability
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr Tuomas K. Pernu
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 18:13
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 18:13
Item ID: 14936
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-0...
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2018
ISSN: 1573-0964
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14936

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