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Is there a causal influence of the mental on the physical?

The threat of epiphenomenalism is indeed a major issue intensively discussed in the last decades. But while there is a broad consensus against it, there is no agreement as to what exactly blocks it. ...
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Does materialism presuppose that a self is a bundle of mental states and perceptions?

First, the constructive part. Crick, who is as physicalist on neuroscience as one can wish for, in Astonishing Hypothesis discusses "the processing postulate": "It suggests that we may be using the ...
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What's the problem with physicalism in philosophy of mind?

First a comment: I am surprised at your stating that "It seems that physicalism and functionalism in philosophy of mind has fallen out of popularity and into much criticism". All of the philosophy of ...
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Am I just a force of nature? (physicalist determinism)

Recall that forces are just mathematical structures that we have created as a convenience to help explain the behavior of the world around us; they do not define the behaviour of the world around us, ...
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On the connection between science and reality

I don't remember which one, but I think it was Special Relativity that Einstein formulated purely on the basis of thought and did not keep anything to fit observed reality. This is false. There were ...
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Why is Multiple Realizability considered to have refuted the type-identity theory of the mind?

As you already wrote, MR doesn't specifically contest Identity Theory. The two concepts are contrary, however. Type-Identity theory is just another way of saying that there must be, for each and every ...
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What is the difference between functionalism and property dualism?

The main difference is that functionalism is not an ontological doctrine, although it imposes some constraints on ontology, while property dualism is. The point of functionalism is to reduce ...
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If materialism is true, then what accounts for pleasure and pain?

According to wikipedia, physicalism is now-a-days the preferred term to materialism in order to better include physical phenomenon which might be considered immaterial, e.g., fields or space itself. ...
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Is there a boundary on 'physical'?

You're right, defining the physical properly is not an easy task. There are two types of approaches: you can start a priori by assuming some defining characterisics -- among the various propositions, ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

Developing a mature philosophic worldview is a decade-long project, as philosophy is such a diverse field, and its subjects are pretty difficult to get a good grasp of, because it are those fields ...
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

It is perplexing, isn't it. I've encountered it on here, eg in the comments to this: Can minds be uploaded in computers? which is also an answer relevant to this topic, about the challenges of ...
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On the connection between science and reality

Caveat There are some different metaphysical positions on the universe. Some have the belief the universe is a hologram, and others say it's a simulation; some believe in multiple universes. My ...
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On the connection between science and reality

I agree with you than one can extend a series of why-questions and corresponding answers to infinite length. At which point should one stop? Usually one stops when one has obtained a physical theory, ...
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Are there thought experiments about physicalism?

I was surprised to learn that this one (from the "Related" sidebar), regarding philosophical zombies, is actually used in published philosophical works as a refutation of physicalism (David Chalmers ...
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How do res cogitans and res extensa interact?

For monists, such as Plotinus or Spinoza, they are but different versions of the same essence. Plotinus for example would hold the res extensa to be "gross spirit", and the res cogitans to be "...
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How do res cogitans and res extensa interact?

In all religions what ever existed there are soul and God Hinduism doesn't have 'God'; it does have Brahman, which is sometimes identified with it; since in this sense it is a monotheistic aspect of ...
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Is there a causal influence of the mental on the physical?

One could simply argue that human knowledge is reducible to the physical, and then there's no causal problem. The serious problem for all theories of mind, I think, is the so-called hard problem of ...
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What would non-reductive physicalists say about the mind and teleportation?

Since in quantum teleportation the entirety of the physical body is destroyed and reformed on the other side, the mind would be different because the matter of the brain has been changed and the mind ...
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What is the difference between Naturalism and Physicalism?

Naturalism in the broad sense is a very loose attitude, far looser than even materialism, let alone physicalism, because the notion of "nature" is left open to interpretation. Defined negatively as "...
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If consciousness was an illusion, would it be less real?

So if someone managed to fully explain the illusion of consciousness, would it start to be considered a standard "physical" phenomenon? That is the idea and precisely why Dennet's hermeneutic ...
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Is the concept of information nonphysical?

Information is a non-physical concept, but it is very common to implement this information via organization of physical objects. For example, the 1's and 0's of a computer program are a non-physical ...
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Would it be trivial to think the physical as those entities which are necessary for a maximally complete physics?

Your question presumes a variety of framing assumptions which are now generally held not to be true by most philosophers. First, you are presuming that "completeness of physics" would mean that "...
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Physicalism - continuity of personal identity

Indeed as you conceived, it's very hard for physicalism to ground continuity of personal identity as wiki reference here: One concept of personal persistence over time is simply to have continuous ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

If you really want your mind opened, you should read contrary opinions to what you believe. Most people don't really understand those who disagree with them in philosophy, religion, politics, and ...
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Would rebuilding a human body rebuild the person it was?

Derek Parfit (of Reasons and Persons fame) lists the definition of the self that is implicit in your scenario as only one of many alternative views that are held also by experts in the field: The ...
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Why is Multiple Realizability considered to have refuted the type-identity theory of the mind?

Why they are incompatable If you have any math background, there is an easy analogy to explain the difference. Given A is the set of all physical states, and B the set of all mental ones, Type Theory ...
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