SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

(Non-)Reductionism in the Metaphysics of Mind
(Workshop 2 (Hyprid), English)

A Many theories in the social sciences and humanities use concepts referring to mental properties. These concepts are currently not replaceable by concepts from more fundamental scientific theories. Irreducibility of mental concepts and the explanatory role they play in scientific explanations of higher-level sciences led to the conclusion that mental properties are real, causally efficacious, and non-identical to physical properties. This gives us a reason to reject reductive physicalism. However, there are metaphysical reasons to accept it. One of the most famous is the causal exclusion argument, which claims that physicalist ontology and the thesis of the causal closure of the physical, together with the idea that mental properties are not identical to physical properties, entail the causal inefficacy of the mental.
This workshop addresses different aspects of reductive and non-reductive accounts in the metaphysics of mind. Contributions discuss the history of reductionism and its connection to logical positivism, the emergence of non-reductive physicalism, and the contemporary state of the art in the debate between reductive and non-reductive physicalist accounts of the mental. The causal exclusion argument and the different non-reductive strategies to counter it will be of particular interest.


- Thomas Blanchard (University of Cologne)
- Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (University of Cologne)
- Alexander Gebharter (LMU Munich)
- Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (University of Bern)
- Andreas Hüttemann (University of Cologne)
- Raphael van Riel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
- Maria Sekatskaya (University of Duesseldorf)

The event takes place in hybrid format. For more information please visit the workshop website: workshop website!

Time: 16:00-19:30, 08 September 2022 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.003

Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla 
(University of Cologne, Germany)

Alexander Gebharter  
(LMU Munich, Germany)

Maria Sekatskaya 
(University of Duesseldorf, Germany)

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