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Manipulationism and causal exclusion

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  • Mark PEXTON

Abstract

A new way of avoiding the causal exclusion argument in the context of manipulationism is proposed. In manipulationism, causal explanations are defined by counterfactual information accessed through manipulations. It is argued that the property of manipulability can be an emergent property of aggregate systems. Therefore, some causal explanations are non-reducible and causal exclusion is avoided. This emergentist notion of causal explanation addresses the question of how the special sciences can be based upon causal reasoning, even if fundamental physics is absent of causal relations.

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PEXTON, M., (2017) “Manipulationism and causal exclusion”, Philosophica 92(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/philosophica.82110

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02 Jan 2017
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