Explaining causal closure

Philosophical Studies 172 (9):2405-2425 (2015)

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Justin Tiehen
University of Puget Sound
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The physical realm is causally closed, according to physicalists like me. But why is it causally closed, what metaphysically explains causal closure? I argue that reductive physicalists are committed to one explanation of causal closure to the exclusion of any independent explanation, and that as a result, they must give up on using a causal argument to attack mind–body dualism. Reductive physicalists should view dualism in much the way that we view the hypothesis that unicorns exist, or that the Kansas City Royals won the 2003 World Series: false, but not objectionable in any distinctively causal way. My argument turns on connections between explanation, counterfactuals, and inductive confirmation
Keywords Physicalism  Causation  Counterfactuals  Induction  Explanation  Causal closure
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-014-0418-5
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