epiphenomenalism

[ ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm ə nlˌɪz əm /
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noun

the doctrine that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of physiological processes, and that it has no power to affect these processes.

Nearby words

  1. epiph.,
  2. epiphania,
  3. epiphanize,
  4. epiphany,
  5. epipharynx,
  6. epiphenomenon,
  7. epiphloedal,
  8. epiphonema,
  9. epiphora,
  10. epiphragm

Origin of epiphenomenalism

First recorded in 1895–1900; epi- + phenomenalism

Related formsep·i·phe·nom·e·nal·ist, noun

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Examples from the Web for 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

epiphenomenalism

/ (ˌɛpɪfɪˈnɒmɪnəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

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