Counterfactuals, Autonomy and Downward Causation: Reply to Zhong

Philosophia 41 (3):831-839 (2013)

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Dwayne Moore
University of Saskatchewan
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In recent papers, Lei Zhong argues that the autonomy solution to the causal exclusion problem is unavailable to anyone that endorses the counterfactual model of causation. The linchpin of his argument is that the counterfactual theory entails the downward causation principle, which conflicts with the autonomy solution. In this note I argue that the counterfactual theory does not entail the downward causation principle, so it is possible to advocate for the autonomy solution to the causal exclusion problem from within the counterfactual theory of causation
Keywords Causal exclusion  Mental causation  Nonreductive physicalism  Autonomy  Counterfactual theory of causation
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-013-9444-3
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