Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Mind
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    Perceiving numbers and numerical relations
    Noûs 16 (1): 93-94. 1982.
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    Supervenience, determination, and reduction
    Journal of Philosophy 82 (11): 616-618. 1985.
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    Inference, explanation, and prediction
    Journal of Philosophy 61 (12): 360-368. 1964.
  • Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (4): 579-607. 1996.
    For three decades the writings of Jaegwon Kim have had a major influence in philosophy of mind and in metaphysics. Sixteen of his philosophical papers, together with several new postscripts, are collected in Kim [1993]. The publication of this collection prompts the present essay. After some preliminary remarks in the opening section, in Section 2 I will briefly describe Kim's philosophical 'big picture' about the relation between the mental and the physical. In Section 3 I will situate Kim's ap…Read more
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    Events: Their metaphysics and semantics
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (3): 641-646. 1991.
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    Rorty on the possibility of philosophy
    Journal of Philosophy 77 (10): 588-597. 1980.
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    It was about half a century ago that the mind–body problem, which like much else in serious metaphysics had been moribund for several decades, was resurrected as a mainstream philosophical problem. The first impetus came from Gilbert Ryle's The Concept of Mind , published in 1948, and Wittgenstein's well-known, if not well-understood, reflections on the nature of mentality and mental language, especially in his Philosophical Investigations which appeared in 1953. The primary concerns of Ryle and…Read more
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    Possible Worlds and Annstrong’s Combinatorialism
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (4): 595-612. 1986.
    At the outset of his instructive and thought-provoking paper, ‘The Nature of Possibility,’ Professor David Armstrong gives a succinct description, in itself almost complete, of his ‘combinatorial theory’ of possibility. He says: ‘Such a view traces the very idea of possibility to the idea of the combinations - allthe combinations which respect certain simple form- of given, actual elements’. We can perhaps start a bit further back than this. In explaining the idea of a ‘possible world,’ some phi…Read more
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    Critical Review 18 (1-3): 331-360. 2006.
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    Preécis of mind in a physical world (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (3). 2002.
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    Supervenience for multiple domains
    Philosophical Topics 16 (1): 129-50. 1988.
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    Logical positivism and the mind-body problem
    In Paolo Parrini, Wes Salmon & Merrilee Salmon (eds.), Logical Empiricism: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives, University of Pittsburgh Press. 2003.
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    Causation and mental causation
    In Brian P. McLaughlin & Jonathan D. Cohen (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind, Blackwell. pp. 227--242. 2007.
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    Supervenience and supervenient causation
    Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement 22 (S1): 45-56. 1984.
    Two concepts of supervenience, "strong supervenience" and "weak supervenience," are characterized and contrasted, And their major properties established. Supervenience as commonly characterized by philosophers is shown to correspond to weak supervenience, Whereas the intended concept is often the stronger relation. Strong supervenience is applied to explicate the notion of "supervenient causation," and it is argued that macro-Causal relations can be understood as cases of supervenient causation,…Read more
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    Horgan’s naturalistic metaphysics of mind
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 63 (1): 27-52. 2002.
    Terry Horgan has made impressive and highly important contributions to numerous fields of philosophy ? metaphysics, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and value theory, to mention the most prominent ones. What gives Horgan's work a powerful and clarifying unity is his deep and unflagging commitment to philosophical naturalism. In fact, Horgan himself has often invoked naturalism to motivate his positions and arguments on a number of philosophical is…Read more
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    What Could Pair a Nonphysical Soul to a Physical Body?
    In Keith Augustine & Michael Martin (eds.), The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death, Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 335-347. 2015.
    This paper argues that since nonphysical souls lack a position in space, they cannot have the pairing relations that would allow them to interact with physical bodies. For example, if two rifles (A and B) are fired at the same time, and consequently Andy and Buddy are killed, we can only say that rifle A killed Andy while rifle B killed Buddy, rather than the other way around, if there are appropriate spatial relations (such as distance and orientation) that pair Andy’s death to A’s firing, and …Read more