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The Hidden Premise in the Causal Argument for Physicalism

Bishop, Robert C (2005) The Hidden Premise in the Causal Argument for Physicalism. [Preprint]


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The causal argument for physicalism is anayzed and it's key premise--the causal closure of physics--is found wanting. Therefore, a hidden premise must be added to the argument to gain its conclusion, but the hidden premise is indistinguishable from the conclusion of the causal argument. Therefore, it begs the question on physicalism.

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Item Type: Preprint
Bishop, Robert C
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Analysis.
Keywords: Physicalism. Completeness of Physics. Causal Closure of Physics. Causation
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Dr Robert C. Bishop
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2415

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