Metaphysica 12 (2):213-229 (2011)
|Abstract||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 supportedâ€”or not supportedâ€”by laws in just the same way as are physical-to-physical counterfactuals|
|Keywords||Mental causation Counterfactual causation Humean metaphysics Causal laws Causal overdetermination|
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