Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 79, No. 2, January 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 79, No. 2, January 2001. (Philosophical Abstracts)

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Tactual Perception, MICHAEL SCOTT

Friendship and Consequentialism, EARL CONEE

Several arguments have been given for the conclusion that committing oneself to a consequentialist moral philosophy conflicts with engaging in genuine friendships. Each of these arguments falls. In fact, consequentialism encourages its reasonable adherents to be tremendously good friends.-Correspondence to: conee@philosophy.rochester.edu

Chaos, Emergence, and the Mind-Body Problem, DAVID V. NEWMAN

This paper presents an argument for the plausibility of the emergence account of the mental. It begins with a review of the concept of emergence as presented by C. D. Broad. On the basis of this conceptual analysis, the paper argues that theoretical considerations suggest that mental properties should be understood as emergent properties rather than reductive or functional properties. Using a more precise definition of emergence, the paper then suggests that chaotic nonlinear dynamical systems provide a concrete example of emergent properties. Finally, the paper proposes that chaotic emergent properties of the brain are a necessary condition for mental states. …

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