Why Incompatibilism about Mental Causation is Incompatible with Non-reductive Physicalism

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Umut Baysan
Oxford University
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The exclusion problem is meant to show that non-reductive physicalism leads to epiphenomenalism: if mental properties are not identical with physical properties, then they are not causally efficacious. Defenders of a difference-making account of causation suggest that the exclusion problem can be solved because mental properties can be difference-making causes of physical effects. Here, we focus on what we dub an incompatibilist implementation of this general strategy and argue against it from a non-reductive physicalist perspective. Specifically, we argue that incompatibilism undermines either the non-reductionist or the physicalist aspirations of non-reductive physicalism.
Keywords Mental Causation  Interventionism  Proportionality  Disjunctive Properties  Causal Closure  Physicalism
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DOI 10.1080/0020174x.2018.1560362
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