John Donaldson

John Donaldson
University of Glasgow | UofG · School of Humanities

Doctor of Philosophy


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I teach philosophy at the University of Glasgow. My main research interests are in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, particularly the metaphysics of mind: the problem of mental causation, the mind-body problem, and the prospects for materialist accounts of mental phenomena. I also take an interest in reductive versus non-reductive projects in science more generally, the development of the philosophy of mind in the twentieth century, the philosophy of art, and David Hume. See my website for further details:


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I outline two ways of reading what is at issue in the exclusion problem faced by non-reductive physicalism, the “vertical” versus “horizontal”, and argue that the vertical reading is to be preferred to the horizontal. I discuss the implications: that those who have pursued solutions to the horizontal reading of the problem have taken a wrong turn.
Mental causation occurs when mental entities cause other mental and physical entities: seeings causing believings, itches causing scratchings, headaches causing eye twitches, and so on. The term “mental causation” is most often used to refer to the problem of mental causation, which is really a collection of problems with each possessing its own ch...