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Stephen Yablo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266463.001.0001

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Wide Causation

Wide Causation

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(p.275) 10 Wide Causation
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Stephen Yablo (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266463.003.0010

Mental causation faces two separate threats: ‘from below’ and ‘from within’. With so much effort gone into distinguishing these threats in recent years, no one seems to have noticed that they are connected, and in a way that makes them more formidable as a package than taken separately. This chapter presents three arguments: that within not an application of the same principle used to defeat below; that below falls to a principle that is tolerant of intentional causation, albeit intentional causation of an interestingly unexpected sort; and that within relies on an enormously stronger principle that undermines just about any intuitive causal relation you care to mention.

Keywords:   mental causation, within, below, intentional causation

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