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The causal closure principle.

Gibb, S. C. (2015) 'The causal closure principle.', Philosophical quarterly., 65 (261). pp. 626-647.


In the mental causation debate, there is a common assumption that interactive dualism is false because of the principle of the causal closure of the physical domain. However, this paper argues that recent advances in metaphysics—more specifically, in the philosophy of causation—reveal a serious, general flaw in contemporary formulations of this principle.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Causal closure principle, Interactive dualism, Powers theory of causation, Causal sufficiency, Double prevention, Enabling events.
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Date deposited:03 June 2015
Date of first online publication:26 April 2015
Date first made open access:26 April 2017

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