Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Mind
  •  433
    Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays
    Cambridge University Press. 1993.
    Jaegwon Kim is one of the most preeminent and most influential contributors to the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. This collection of essays presents the core of his work on supervenience and mind with two sets of postscripts especially written for the book. The essays focus on such issues as the nature of causation and events, what dependency relations other than causal relations connect facts and events, the analysis of supervenience, and the mind-body problem. A central problem in the phi…Read more
  • El mito del materialismo no reduccionista
    Análisis Filosófico 15 (1): 35. 1995.
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    Explanatory Realism, Causal Realism, and Explanatory Exclusion
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 12 (1): 225-239. 1988.
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    Reduction, Correspondence and Identity
    The Monist 52 (3): 424-438. 1968.
    Is social science ‘reducible’ to individual psychology, and ultimately to some physical theory? If a sociological theory, that is, a theory dealing with group phenomena, is ‘reduced’ in a relevant and appropriate sense to individual psychology, could we then say that the social phenomena in the domain of the sociological theory are just psychological phenomena of individuals? Conversely, if social events and processes are just individual psychological events and processes, then does it follow th…Read more
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    Epiphenomenal and supervenient causation
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1): 257-70. 1984.
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    The Mind-Body Problem at Century's Turn
    In Brian Leiter (ed.), The Future for Philosophy, Clarendon Press. pp. 129-152. 2004.
    A plausible terminus for the mind-body debate begins by embracing ontological physicalism—the view that there is only one kind of substance in the concrete world, and that it is material substance. Taking mental causation seriously, this terminus also embraces conditional reductionism, the thesis that only physically reducible (i.e., functionalizable) mental properties can be causally efficacious. Intentional/cognitive properties (what David Chalmers calls “psychological” aspects of mind) are ph…Read more
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    Epistemology: An Anthology (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2000.
    This volume represents the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of canonical readings in theory of knowledge. It is ideal as a reader for all courses in epistemology
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    Wants as explanations of actions
    with Richard Brandt and Sidney Morgenbesser
    Journal of Philosophy 60 (15): 425-435. 1963.
    Some features of the concept of a want, and of the explaining relation in which a want may stand to an action, have not received sufficient attention. In what follows we shall offer some suggestions and descriptions which may be one step toward remedy of this situationi. We shall be at pains to point out the extent to which the features we describe fit in with a conception of the explanations of actions conforming to the inferential (deductive or inductive) and nomological patterns of scientific…Read more
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    The American Origins of Philosophical Naturalism
    Journal of Philosophical Research 28 (Supplement): 83-98. 2003.
    If contemporary analytic philosophy can be said to have a philosophical ideology, it undoubtedly is naturalism. Naturalism is often invoked as a motivating ground for many philosophical projects, and “naturalization” programs abound everywhere, in theory of knowledge, philosophy of mind, theory of meaning, metaphysics, and ethics. But what is naturalism, and where does it come from? This paper examines the naturalism debate in midtwentieth-century America as a proximate source of contemporary na…Read more
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    Philosophy of Mind (Second Edition)
    Boulder: Westview Press. 2006.
    The philosophy of mind has always been a staple of the philosophy curriculum. But it has never held a more important place than it does today, with both traditional problems and new topics often sparked by the developments in the psychological, cognitive, and computer sciences. Jaegwon Kim’s Philosophy of Mind is the classic, comprehensive survey of the subject. Now in its second edition, Kim explores, maps, and interprets this complex and exciting terrain. Designed as an introduction to the fie…Read more
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    L'émergence, les modèles de réduction et le mental
    Philosophiques 27 (1): 11-26. 2000.
    Une des doctrines centrales de l’émergentisme est la thèse selon laquelle certaines propriétés d’un tout sont émergentes, en ce sens qu’elles sont irréductibles aux propriétés de base dont elles émergent — c’est-à-dire qu’elles ne peuvent ni être prédites, ni être expliquées à partir de leurs conditions sousjacentes. Pour comprendre et évaluer cette thèse correctement, il est essentiel que nous disposions d’un concept adéquat de réduction. Nous examinons d’abord le modèle classique de la réducti…Read more
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    Causes as Explanations: A Critique
    Theory and Decision 13 (4): 293. 1981.
    This paper offers a critique of the view that causation can be analyzed in terms of explanation. In particular, the following points are argued: a genuine explanatory analysis of causation must make use of a fully epistemological-psychological notion of explanation; it is unlikely that the relatively clear-cut structure of the causal relation can be captured by the relatively unstructured relation of explanation; the explanatory relation does not always parallel the direction of causation; certa…Read more
  • Self-Understanding and Rationalizing Explanations
    Philosophia Naturalis 21 (2/4): 309-321. 1984.
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    Hempel, explanation, metaphysics
    Philosophical Studies 94 (1-2): 1-20. 1999.
  • Explanation in science
    In Paul Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Macmillan. pp. 3--159. 1967.