The causal exclusion puzzle

European Journal of Philosophy 10 (1):26-42 (2002)
In a series of influential articles (Kim 1989b, 1992b, 1993a and 1998), Jaegwon Kim has developed a strong argument against nonreductive physicalism as a plausible solution to mental causation. The argument is commonly called the ’causal exclusion argument’, and it has become, over the years, one of the most serious threats to the nonreductivist point of view. In the first part of this paper I offer a careful reconstruction and detailed discussion of the exclusion argument. In the second part I show why some important objections to it actually fail.
Keywords Causation  Epistemology  Puzzle  Kim, J  Causal Exclusion  Mental Causation
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DOI 10.1111/1468-0378.00148
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