[SydPhil] Notification: Alyssa Ney @ Thu 13 Aug 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Alyssa Ney
Title: Microphysical Causation and the Case for Physicalism
Abstract: This paper explores a tension between two views that have come to  
have something like received status in contemporary metaphysics. The first  
is physicalism, the view that physics alone ought to provide a guide to  
what there is. The second is a view often traced to Bertrand Russell, that  
there is no basis for causal notions in physics. The tension arises not  
because these views themselves are outright inconsistent, but rather  
because the primary argument for physicalism today is an empirical one, an  
argument resting on the accumulation of microphysical causal explanations  
for a diverse range of phenomena. The question is how to reasonably be a  
physicalist if one believes there isn't microphysical causation. I examine  
two natural strategies for resolving the tension.

When: Thu 13 Aug 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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