God and Mental Causation (SpringerBriefs in Philosophy) by Daniel Lim

By Daniel Lim

This publication lies on the intersection of philosophy of brain and philosophy of faith and operates at the assumption that discussion among the 2 disciplines could be fruitful.  In specific it specializes in how debates within the philosophy of brain concerning the nature of psychological causation relate to debates within the philosophy of faith concerning divine motion, creaturely causation, and life of God.
The publication is split into components.  The first bargains with Jaegwon Kim’s so-called Supervenience Argument (SA) opposed to non-reductive physicalism.  One very important commentary is that the structural similarities among non-reductive physicalism and ‘orthodox’ theism make it handy to co-opt non-reductive physicalist ideas to the SA in protecting the potential for creaturely causation within the philosophy of faith.  The SA is used as a foil to debate the relative benefits of Malebranche’s so-called Conservation is continuing production Argument for Occasionalism (CCCA).  Moverover, the so-called compatibilist procedure (Karen Bennett 2003, 2009) for constructing a non-reductive physicalist reaction to the Supervenience Argument is defended and built.  This technique is then deployed within the philosophy of faith to shield the opportunity of creaturely causation opposed to the CCCA.

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