Vertical Versus Horizontal: What is really at issue in the exclusion problem?

Synthese:1-16 (2019)

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John Donaldson
University of Glasgow
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I outline two ways of reading what is at issue in the exclusion problem faced by non-reductive physicalism, the “vertical” versus “horizontal”, and argue that the vertical reading is to be preferred to the horizontal. I discuss the implications: that those who have pursued solutions to the horizontal reading of the problem have taken a wrong turn.
Keywords Exclusion  Overdetermination  Non-reductive physicalism  Mental causation
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02126-8
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