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‘Causal inheritance and second-order properties’


Bliss, S and Fernandez, J, Causal inheritance and second-order properties', Abstracta: linguagem, mente e acao, 4 pp. 74-95. ISSN 1807-9792 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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We defend Jaegwon Kim’s ‘causal inheritance’ principle from an objection raised by Jurgen Schröder. The objection is that the principle is inconsistent with a view about mental properties assumed by Kim, namely, that they are second-order properties. We argue that Schröder misconstrues the notion of second-order property. We distinguish three notions of second-order property and highlight their problems and virtues. Finally, we examine the consequence of Kim’s principle and discuss the issue of whether Kim’s ‘supervenience argument’ generalizes to all special sciences or not.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Bliss, S (Dr Suzy Bliss)
ID Code:94348
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-09-06
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