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Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation – Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup (edsT

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  • Introduction: Reduction remains a live philosophical topic, encompassing metaphysical issues about the natural world, as well as epistemological and methodological questions about science. Germane to various philosophical notions, such as ontological determination, causation, explanation, unification, and theory structure, reduction is analyzed and debated in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. The contributions in Being Reduced illustrate the perennial philosophical interest in reduction. The editors have succeeded in assembling an impressive lineup of authors; and nearly every contribution offers some new philosophical insights, so that it is worth acquiring the whole collection, rather than accessing merely an individual essay. Further, the contributions span a diversity of issues and cases: reductive explanation in neuroscience, how embodied cognition challenges reductionism, the consistency of rational group agency with supervenience, multiple realization and the special sciences, the possibility of mental causation, the difference between physicalism and microphysicalism, and ceteris paribus laws and explanatory pluralism—a topic treated particularly well in a posthumous essay by Peter Lipton.

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    2010
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    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TT4G75F
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    © 2010 I. Brigandt et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Brigandt, I. (2010). Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation – Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup (eds). The Philosophical Quarterly, 60(241), 873-875. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2010.673_8.x
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    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2010.673_8.x