Emergent Causation and Property Causation

Paul Noordhof

in Emergence in Mind

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

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Emergent Causation and Property Causation

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The chapter defends the application, and verdicts of a counterfactual theory of causation, to the question of property causation. In particular, the challenges that non‐reductive physicalism and emergent dualism place upon such an account are evaluated. This involves providing a particular characterization of the difference between non‐reductive physicalism and emergent dualism, considering whether this characterization is defensible under various views about the nature of properties, and distinguishing two types of emergent causation only one type of which involves emergent properties.

Keywords: property causation; emergence; physical; causal theory of properties; counterpart; counterfactual; emergent causation; non‐reductive physicalism; emergent dualism

Chapter.  14792 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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