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, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 525–530

Causal Exclusion and Multiple Realizations

Article

Abstract

A critical analysis of recent interventionist responses to the causal exclusion problem is presented. It is argued that the response can indeed offer a solution to the problem, but one that is based on renouncing the multiple realizability thesis. The account amounts to the rejection of nonreductive physicalism and would thus be unacceptable to many. It is further shown that if the multiple realizability thesis is brought back in and conjoined with the interventionist notion of causation, inter-level causation is ruled out altogether.

Keywords

Causality Counterfactuals Epiphenomenalism Interactionism Interventionism Nonreductive physicalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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