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Causal properties and conservative reduction

Esfeld, Michael (2010) Causal properties and conservative reduction. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The paper argues in favour of (1) a causal-functional theory of all properties including the physical ones and (2) a conception of properties as tropes or modes in the sense of particular ways that objects are. It shows how these premises open up a version of functionalism according to which the properties on which the special sciences focus are identical with configurations of physical properties and thereby causally efficacious without there being any threat of eliminativism.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: causal properties, psychophysical identity, reduction
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:20
    Item ID: 5558
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5558

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