On Kim's exclusion principle

Synthese 169 (1):75 - 90 (2009)
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In this paper we explore Jaegwon Kim’s principle of explanatory exclusion. Kim’s support for the principle is clarified and we critically evaluate several versions of the dual explananda response authors have offered to undermine it. We argue that none of the standard versions of the dual explananda reply are entirely successful and propose an alternative approach that reveals a deep tension in Kim’s metaphysics. We argue that Kim can only retain the principle of explanatory exclusion if he abandons his longstanding critique of nonreductive physicalism.
Keywords Explanation  Reasons  Causes  Exclusion
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-008-9337-3
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Physicalism, or Something Near Enough.Jaegwon Kim - 2005 - Princeton University Press.
Mental Causation.Jaegwon Kim - 2009 - In Brian McLaughlin, Ansgar Beckermann & Sven Walter (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind. Oxford University Press.
Mechanism, Purpose, and Explanatory Exclusion.Jaegwon Kim - 1989 - Philosophical Perspectives 3:77-108.

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