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


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

Words nearby epiphenomenalism

Origin of epiphenomenalism

First recorded in 1895–1900; epi- + phenomenalism

OTHER WORDS FROM epiphenomenalism

ep·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

/ (ˌɛpɪfɪˈnɒmɪnəˌlɪzəm) /


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

Derived forms of epiphenomenalism

epiphenomenalist, noun, adjective
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