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Readership: Students and scholars of philosophy
E. J. Lowe, Durham University
"Refreshing... I'm greatly impressed by the depth and breadth of his thinking, and by the clarity of his exposition of intricate topics." - Ingmar Persson, Times Literary Supplement
"I enjoyed and admire this book. The author boldly and intelligently takes a fresh look at numerous fundamental issues in philosophy of mind and metaphysics." - Randolph Clarke, Mind
"Refreshingly different... In Part I, Lowe defends a non-Cartesian substance dualism of self and body. In Part II, he presents an account of action that is a hybrid between volitionism and agent causalism... The book is well-argued, clearly written, thought-provoking, and original. Furthermore, Lowe presents a view that is naturalistic (on one
important construal of the term) and compatible with contemporary science... an excellent contribution to the literature on mind and action and should be of interest to specialists in both areas. The book is densely packed with arguments, all of which deserve attention." - Meghan Griffith, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"An excellent book which could be recommended to anyone interested in the refutation of physicalism... After a century reigned by logical positivists, post-modernists and the like, Lowe establishes himself at the forefront of the revival of serious a priori metaphysics." - Benedikt Paul Goecke, The Journal of Philosophy.
Part I: Mental Causation, Causal Closure, and Emergent Dualism
1: Self, Agency, and Mental Causation
2: Causal Closure Principles and Emergentism
3: Physical Causal Closure and the Invisibility of Mental Causation
4: Could Volitions be Epiphenomenal?
5: The Self as an Emergent Substance
Part II: Persons, Rational Action, and Free Will
6: Event Causation and Agent Causation
7: Personal Agency
8: Substance Causation, Persons, and Free Will
9: Rational Selves and Freedom of Action
10: Needs, Facts, Goodness, and Truth