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Jaegwon Kim
Full nameJaegwon Kim
BornSeptember 12, 1934(1934-09-12)
Korea (now in S. Korea)
DiedNovember 27, 2019(2019-11-27) (aged 85)
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interestsPhilosophy of mind
Metaphysics · Epistemology
Action theory
Philosophy of science
Notable ideasReductive physicalism
Weak supervenience[1]
Jaegwon Kim
Revised RomanizationGim Jaegwon
McCune–ReischauerKim Chaegwǒn

Jaegwon Kim (Daegu, September 12, 1934 – November 27, 2019) was a Korean-American philosopher. He was an emeritus professor at Brown University, but who also taught at several other leading American universities. He was best known for his work on mental causation and the mind-body problem. His issues are well represented by the papers collected in Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays (1993).

Kim died on November 27, 2019 at the age of 85.


  1. Kim, Jaegwon. (1984). "Concepts of supervenience," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 45(2): 153–176.