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Causal properties and conservative reduction

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


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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
Esfeld, Michael
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 15:20
Item ID: 5558
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: September 2010

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