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Single Idea 2411

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 2. Interactionism]

Full Idea

There is an objection to dualism that it cannot explain how the physical and the nonphysical interact, but the answer is simple on a natural supervenience framework - they interact by virtue of psychophysical laws (…which are as eternal as physics).

Gist of Idea

Supervenience makes interaction laws possible


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 2.4.6)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.170

A Reaction

There are different sorts of laws. What Chalmers is hoping for would be a mere regularity, like the connection of cancer to smoking, but the objection is that the discovery of causal mechanisms, to give truly explanatory laws, is simply impossible.