[Wittrs] Dualism Cooties: Ontologically Basic Ambiguity: Causality

  • From: Joseph Polanik <jpolanik@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 05:12:39 -0400

SWM wrote:

>Joseph Polanik wrote:

>>SWM wrote:

>>>And, indeed, when it comes to claims of causality, even he agrees
>>>that one can causally reduce the features of consciousness to
>>>whatever it is brains do. However, he stumbles when he makes a
>>>distinction by confusing causal reduction (which possibility he
>>>affirms) with what he calls ontology when, in fact, the very issue at
>>>hand, causal reduction, IS one of ontological reduction.

this claim asserts an identity between 'causal reduction' and
'ontological reduction'; and, that's questionable. Searle denies it. my
position is that, with respect to subjective experience or
consciousness, a causal explanation does not even count as a causal
reduction let alone an ontological reduction.

what makes you assume that a causal reduction is necessarily an
ontological reduction?

Joe


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