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  • noun Plural form of realizer.


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  • McLaughlin was one of the early realizers that W was a putz, long about May 2003.

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  • The Exclusion Problem presents us with a picture on which higher-level mental properties are in causal competition with their lower-level physical realizers.

    Mental Causation

  • Some non-reductive physicalists have accordingly looked to tie the causal powers of mental properties more closely to those of their physical realizers.

    Mental Causation

  • Even if the Exclusion Problem, because it generalizes, does not tempt us to embrace epiphenomenalism, it presses on us a responsibility to explain how mental properties could be causally relevant given that they appear to be screened off by their physical realizers.

    Mental Causation

  • Bennett (2003; 2008) says that mental properties are metaphysically necessitated by their physical realizers (see also supervenience).

    Mental Causation

  • Now consider again mental property M and one of its realizers in a given instance, P.

    Mental Causation

  • Physical properties are unproblematically relevant in the production of behavior, and so mental properties must either find a way to do the work that their realizers are already doing or face exclusion.

    Mental Causation

  • If such a weakening seems to amount to epiphenomenalism, you might look for an inheritance solution on which mental properties are causally relevant in just same, robust sense that their physical realizers are (cf. the “homogeneity assumption” in Crane 1995).

    Mental Causation

  • Functionalists often put this point by saying that mental properties are “higher-level” properties, properties possessed by objects by virtue of their possession of appropriate “lower-level” properties, their realizers.

    Mental Causation

  • Fabulous accounts (rmad-du byung-ba, Skt. adbhutadharma) are descriptions of such marvelous, wondrous things as the wisdom, extra-physical powers and saintly deeds of the Buddhas, pratyekabuddhas (self-realizers), and shravakas (listeners).

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