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[ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-nl-iz-uh m]
  1. the doctrine that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of physiological processes, and that it has no power to affect these processes.
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Origin of epiphenomenalism

First recorded in 1895–1900; epi- + phenomenalism
Related formsep·i·phe·nom·e·nal·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of epiphenomenalism

  • Bergson however has more to assert than merely the inadequacy and falsity of Parallelism or Epiphenomenalism.

    Bergson and His Philosophy

    J. Alexander Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for epiphenomenalism


  1. the dualistic doctrine that consciousness is merely a by-product of physiological processes and has no power to affect themCompare interactionism, parallelism
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Derived Formsepiphenomenalist, noun, adjective
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