Interventionist Causal Exclusion and Non-reductive Physicalism

The first part of this paper presents an argument showing that the currently most highly acclaimed interventionist theory of causation, i.e. the one advanced by Woodward, excludes supervening macro properties from having a causal influence on effects of their micro supervenience bases. Moreover, this interventionist exclusion argument is demonstrated to rest on weaker premises than classical exclusion arguments. The second part then discusses a weakening of interventionism that Woodward suggests. This weakened version of interventionism turns out either to be inapplicable to cases of downward causation involving supervening macro properties or to render corresponding causal claims meaningless. In sum, the paper argues that, contrary to what many non-reductive physicalists claim, interventionism does not render non-reductive physicalism immune to the problem of causal exclusion
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DOI 10.1080/02698590903006909
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Stephen Yablo (1992). Mental Causation. Philosophical Review 101 (2):245-280.

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James Woodward (2015). Interventionism and Causal Exclusion. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (2):303-347.

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