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Causation, Exclusion, and the Special Sciences

Raatikainen, Panu (2009) Causation, Exclusion, and the Special Sciences. In: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008).

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    The issue of downward causation (and mental causation in particular), and the exclusion problem is discussed by taking into account some recent advances in the philosophy of science. The problem is viewed from the perspective of the new interventionist theory of causation developed by Woodward. It is argued that from this viewpoint, a higher-level (e.g., mental) state can sometimes truly be causally relevant, and moreover, that the underlying physical state which realizes it may fail to be such.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: downward causation, causal exclusion, mental causation, interventionist theory of causation
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008)
    Depositing User: Panu Raatikainen
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4521

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