Mental causation, compatibilism and counterfactuals

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 (1):20-42 (2017)

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Dwayne Moore
University of Saskatchewan
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According to proponents of the causal exclusion problem, there cannot be a sufficient physical cause and a distinct mental cause of the same piece of behaviour. Increasingly, the causal exclusion problem is circumvented via this compatibilist reasoning: a sufficient physical cause of the behavioural effect necessitates the mental cause of the behavioural effect, so the effect has a sufficient physical cause and a mental cause as well. In this paper, I argue that this compatibilist reply fails to resolve the causal exclusion problem.
Keywords mental causation  causal exclusion  compatibilism  nonreductive physicalism  counterfactuals
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