A Place for Consciousness: Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World

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11
Is Connectivity Entailed
by the Physical?

11.1 Introduction
The theory of causal significance has introduced a group of concepts important to a realist theory of causation:
Causal responsibility. The idea, at least partially subjective, that one entity should be singled out as producing an event.
Causal significance. The objective constraint that the existence of an entity (or the occurrence of an event) places on the possible states of the world.
Effective properties. Properties that contribute to constraints on the determinate states of a causal nexus.
Receptive properties. Connective properties enabling individuals to become members of causal nexii and to be sensitive to constraints on the state of nexii where they are members.
Binding. A unique internal relation between two properties with incomplete natures enabling them to enter into one another’s natures to become more complete.
A causal nexus (or nexii). A receptive connection binding two or more determinable individuals.
Effective completion. An effective determinable becoming fully determinate. Effective completion involves an effective individual binding to at least one instance of a receptive connection that is also bound to other effective individuals.
Receptive completion. A receptive connection becoming fully saturated. In receptive completion, binding with an effective determinable saturates a slot1 in a receptive connection. When a receptive connection’s slots are all saturated, the connection is fully saturated.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Contents xvii
  • Part I - Liberal Naturalism 1
  • 1 - A Place for Consciousness 3
  • 2 - The Argument against Physicalism 13
  • 3 - Physicalist Responses to the Argument against Physicalism 31
  • 4 - The Boundary Problem for Experiencing Subjects 77
  • 5 - On the Possibility of Panexperientialism 91
  • 6 - On the Probability of Panexperientialism 104
  • 7 - Paradoxes for Liberal Naturalism 114
  • Part II - Faces of Causation 127
  • 8 - Against Hume 129
  • 9 - The Theory of Causal Significance 141
  • 10 - A Tutorial on Causal Significance 184
  • 11 - Is Connectivity Entailed by the Physical? 218
  • 12 - The Carrier Theory of Causation 230
  • 13 - The Consciousness Hypothesis 248
  • 14 - Applications 272
  • 15 - Conclusion 297
  • Notes 301
  • References 311
  • Index 319
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