The Exclusion Problem Meets the Problem of Many Causes

Erkenntnis 73 (1):55-65 (2010)
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Matthew Haug
College of William and Mary
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In this paper I develop a novel response to the exclusion problem. I argue that the nature of the events in the causally complete physical domain raises the “problem of many causes”: there will typically be countless simultaneous low-level physical events in that domain that are causally sufficient for any given high-level physical event. This shows that even reductive physicalists must admit that the version of the exclusion principle used to pose the exclusion problem against non-reductive physicalism is too strong. The burden is on proponents of the exclusion problem to provide a reason to think that any qualifications placed on the exclusion principle will solve the problem of many causes while ruling out causation by irreducible mental events.
Keywords exclusion problem  mental causation  problem of the many
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-010-9211-9
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