Single Idea 3476

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 5. Supervenience of mind]

Full Idea

Mind is supervenient on brain in the following respect: type-identical neurophysiological causes have type-identical mentalistic effects.

Gist of Idea

Mind and brain are supervenient in respect of cause and effect


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch. 5.V)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.124

A Reaction

An interesting statement of what might be meant by 'supervenience'. Searle's version implies necessity in the link (but not identity). I take him to imply that a zombie is impossible.