Does same-level causation entail downward causation?

Abstracta 8 (2) (2015)
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Neil Campbell
Wilfrid Laurier University
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I argue that Jaegwon Kim’s supervenience argument does not generalize to all special science properties by undermining his central intuition, employed in stage 1 of the argument, that there is a tension between horizontal causation and vertical determination. First, I challenge Kim’s treatment of the examples he employs to support this intuition, then I appeal to Kim’s own work on the metaphysics of explanation in order to dissipate the alleged tension.
Keywords exclusion  epiphenomenalism  supervenience
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