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By Michele Paolini Paoletti, Francesco Orilia

Downward causation performs a basic function in lots of theories of metaphysics and philosophy of brain. it's strictly hooked up with many themes in philosophy, together with yet no longer restricted to: emergence, psychological causation, the character of causation, the character of causal powers and tendencies, legislation of nature, and the potential for ontological and epistemic mark downs. Philosophical and clinical views on Downward Causation brings jointly specialists from varied fields―including William Bechtel, Stewart Clark and Tom Lancaster, Carl Gillett, John Heil, Robin F. Hendry, Max Kistler, Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum ―who delve into vintage and unexplored strains of philosophical inquiry on the topic of downward causation. It severely assesses the opportunity of downward causation given assorted ontological assumptions and explores the relationship among downward causation and the metaphysics of causation and tendencies. eventually, it offers varied instances of downward causation in empirical fields akin to physics, chemistry, biology and the neurosciences. This quantity is either an invaluable advent and a set of unique contributions in this attention-grabbing and hotly debated philosophical topic.

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