Philosophy Colloquium: Torin Alter

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Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:00 to 17:00

The Fall 2018 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Torin Alter (University of Alabama). 

Title: "Russellian Monism and Mental Causation."

Abstract:

According to Russellian monism, consciousness is constituted at least partly by intrinsic properties that categorically ground dispositional (or structural-and-dynamic) properties described by fundamental physics (Chalmers 2010). I will defend this view from the charge that, roughly put, Russellian monism leads to epiphenomenalism (Howell 2015, Robinson 2018, Pautz n.d.). That charge, I will argue, depends partly on an equivocation (between metaphysical and nomological possibility) and partly on misunderstandings about the Russellian monist’s commitments.

Location: Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.

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