The Principle of Causal Exclusion Does Not Make Sense

Philosophical Forum 44 (1):89-95 (2013)
Tuomas K. Pernu
King's College London
The principle of causal exclusion is based on two distinct causal notions: causal sufficiency and causation simpliciter. The principle suggests that the former has the power to exclude the latter. But that is problematic since it would amount to claiming that sufficient causes alone can take the roles of causes simpliciter. Moreover, the principle also assumes that events can sometimes have both sufficient causes and causes simpliciter. This assumption is in conflict with the first part of the principle that claims that sufficient causes must exclude causes simpliciter.
Keywords causality  causal closure  causal completeness  causal overdetermination  causal sufficiency
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DOI 10.1111/phil.12003
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