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Uppsala University

1. Schröder, Felix. Is Searle a Property Dualist?.

Degree: Philosophy, 2019, Uppsala University

It has often been argued that John Searle’s theory of mind, biological naturalism, due to its commitment to mental irreducibility amounts to no more than disguised property dualism. I suggest that a thorough analysis of Searle’s somewhat unusual views on the nature of reduction reveals this irreducibility to be not a metaphysical relation between mental properties and physical but one concerned only with the semantics of the respective terms used to refer to these. As a result, I argue, irreducibility in his sense is insufficient to support a metaphysical conclusion like property dualism. Finally, to reinforce this point I give a concrete example of a potential physicalist view which is compatible with the analysis of irreducibility as semantic but not as metaphysical and hence on my reasoning remains open to Searle.

Subjects/Keywords: John Searle; biological naturalism; reduction; consciousness; property dualism; mental causation; causality; physicalism; philosophy of mind; epiphenomenalism; overdetermination; Philosophy; Filosofi

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APA (6th Edition):

Schröder, F. (2019). Is Searle a Property Dualist?. (Thesis). Uppsala University. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375774

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Schröder, Felix. “Is Searle a Property Dualist?.” 2019. Thesis, Uppsala University. Accessed February 22, 2019. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375774.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Schröder, Felix. “Is Searle a Property Dualist?.” 2019. Web. 22 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Schröder F. Is Searle a Property Dualist?. [Internet] [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2019. [cited 2019 Feb 22]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375774.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Schröder F. Is Searle a Property Dualist?. [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2019. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375774

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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