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epiphenomenalism

[ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm ə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the doctrine that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of physiological processes, and that it has no power to affect these processes.
Origin of epiphenomenalism
1895-1900
1895-1900; epi- + phenomenalism
Related forms
epiphenomenalist, noun
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  • 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
1.
the dualistic doctrine that consciousness is merely a by-product of physiological processes and has no power to affect them Compare interactionism, parallelism
Derived Forms
epiphenomenalist, noun, adjective
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