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Super-Humeanism and mental causation

Esfeld, Michael (2021) Super-Humeanism and mental causation. [Preprint]

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The stance that has become known as Super-Humeanism is a minimal ontology of the natural world in the spirit of scientific realism. The paper enquires to what extent this ontology, due to its parsimony, can be employed to remove commitments from the scientific image that are the source of the clash with the view of ourselves as persons (the manifest image). The paper argues that Super-Humeanism provides the conceptual space to accommodate persons as irreducible to matter in motion, attribute to them free will (even in the libertarian sense) and recognize their volitions as causing some of their behaviour without coming into conflict with science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Esfeld, Michaelmichael.esfeld@unil.ch
Keywords: free will, Humeanism, libertarianism, manifest image, mental causation, persons, scientific image, Super-Humeanism
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 00:34
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 00:34
Item ID: 19425
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 8 August 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19425

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