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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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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:13
    Item ID: 2415
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2415

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