Downward Causation – The Way How Mind and Matter Interact?

Losch, Andreas (2015). Downward Causation – The Way How Mind and Matter Interact? Open Theology, 1(1), pp. 379-388. De Gruyter 10.1515/opth-2015-0021

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The paper analyzes Karl Popper’s and John Eccles’ account of mind-matter interaction and compares their use of the concept of downward causation with other more recent accounts of it, especially those of Nancey Murphy and George Ellis. The argument includes John Polkinghorne’s take on Divine action, as it provides an interesting version of downward mind/matter-interaction. It will be argued that while downward causation is a speculative concept, it nevertheless remains the best approximation to a scientific perspective on mind/matter interaction that we can obtain. As a result, Popper’s and Eccles’ account seems to be more interesting in these regards than usually assumed, and should not continue to be overlooked in the debate.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Systematic Theology
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Systematic Theology > Dogmatics and the History of Philosophy
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Losch, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
200 Religion

ISSN:

2300-6579

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andreas Losch

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2015 14:13

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 02:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/opth-2015-0021

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72851

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72851

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