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Mind in a Humean World

  • Jens HarbeckeAffiliated withEconomics and Philosophy, Witten/Herdecke University Email author 

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The paper defends Humean approaches to autonomous mental causation against recent attacks in the literature. One important criticism launched at Humean approaches says that the truth-makers of the counterfactuals in question include laws of nature, and there are laws that support physical-to-physical counterfactuals, but no laws in the same sense that support mental-to-physical counterfactuals. This paper argues that special science causal laws and physical causal laws cannot be distinguished in terms of degrees of strictness. It follows that mental-to-physical counterfactuals are supported—or not supported—by laws in just the same way as are physical-to-physical counterfactuals.


Mental causation Counterfactual causation Humean metaphysics Causal laws Causal overdetermination