Alien Worlds, Alien Laws, and the Humean Conceivability Argument

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Lok-Chi Chan
National Taiwan University
David Braddon-Mitchell
University of Sydney
Andrew James Latham
University of Sydney (PhD)
Abstract
Monism is our name for a range of views according to which the connection between dispositions and their categorical bases is intimate and necessary, or on which there are no categorical bases at all. In contrast, Dualist views hold that the connection between dispositions and their categorical bases is distant and contingent. This paper is a defence of Monism against an influential conceivability argument in favour of Dualism. The argument suggests that the apparent possibility of causal behaviour coming apart from categorical bases is best explained by Dualism. We argue that Monism can explain the apparent possibility as well, if we take metaphysically alien laws — namely, laws whose metaphysical nature is alien to the actual world — into account.
Keywords categoricalism  dispositionalism  modal intuition  Humeanism  Langton
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DOI 10.1111/rati.12248
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