Exclusion and Physicalism: Comments on O'Connor and Churchill

Stephan Leuenberger

in Emergence in Mind

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583621
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723483 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Exclusion and Physicalism: Comments on O'Connor and Churchill

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In ‘Is Non‐reductive Physicalism Viable within a Causal Powers Metaphysic’, Timothy O'Connor and John Ross Churchill present a version of the exclusion argument against non‐reductive physicalism. This reply to their chapter starts by laying out a general scheme for exclusion arguments, of which causal, explanatory, spatiotemporal, and what might be called ‘truthmaking’ exclusion arguments can be seen as special cases. The chapter then tries to characterize the kind of causal fundamentalism that O'Connor and Churchill need for their argument, and question its plausibility. Finally, it is suggested that the debate about causal exclusion is less significant for the debate about physicalism than is often supposed.

Keywords: physicalism; exclusion; causal fundamentalism; reducibility; causal completeness

Chapter.  3519 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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