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Mopes, Dopes, and Tropes: A Critique of the Trope Solution to the Problem of Mental Causation

  • Peter Alward (a1)

A popular strategy for resolving Kim's exclusion problem is to suggest that mental and physical property tropes are identical despite the non-identity of the mental and physical properties themselves. I argue that mental and physical tropes can be identified without losing the dispositional character of mentality only if a dual-character hypothesis regarding the intrinsic characters of tropes is endorsed. But even with this assumption, the causal efficacy of the wrong dispositions is secured.

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David Braun 1995Causally Relevant Properties.” Philosophical Perspectives, 9: 447–75.

Douglas Ehring 1996Mental Causation, Determinables, and Property Instances.” Nous, 30: 461–80.

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Jonathan Schaffer 2001The Individuation of Tropes.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 79: 247–57.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
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