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Presentation of Donald Davidson's doctrine of Anomalous Monism

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Is Davidsonian Anomalous Monism the same thing as Property Dualism?

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The expert examines the presentation of Donald Davidson's doctrine of Anomalous Monism.

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1. What is anomalous monism.

Davidson argued for the compatibility of the following three theses:

a. Mental events are sometimes causes of physical events.
b. Events related as cause and effect fall under strict laws.
c. There are no strict laws relating mental and physical events.

On four further assumptions:

1. Events are basic or primitive particulars.
2. One and the same event can be described in more than one way.
3. Relations of causality and identity between events hold independently of how those events are described.
4. Nomological relations (those involving laws) between events do not hold ...

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