[SydPhil] Reminder: Brad Weslake @ Mon 23 Jul 13:00 - 14:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Brad Weslake
"Difference-Making, Closure and Exclusion"

Consider the following causal exclusion principle: For all distinct  
properties F and F* such that F* supervenes on F, F and F* do not both  
cause a property G. Peter Menzies and Christian List have proven that it  
follows from a natural conception of causation as difference-making that  
this exclusion principle is not generally true. Rather, it turns out that  
whether the principle is true is a contingent matter. In addition, they  
have shown that in a wide range of empirically ordinary cases, it follows  
that F* causes G and F does not. These cases plausibly include instances  
where F* is a mental property and F and G are physical properties. If this  
is the right conception of causation, it therefore turns out that the  
physical world is not causally closed. In this paper I show that there is  
an alternative conception of causation as difference-making that does not  
have the same consequences. Whether the physical world is causally closed  
therefore turns out to depend, inter alia, on which conception of  
difference-making is correct. I conclude by suggesting some reasons to  
prefer the alternative conception.
When: Mon 23 Jul 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Philosophy Common Room
Calendar: Current Projects
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