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Active Doings and the Principle of the Causal Closure of the Physical World

In: Organon F, vol. 26, no. 1
Ansgar Beckermann
Detaily:
Rok, strany: 2019, 122 - 140
Jazyk: eng
Kľúčové slová:
Active doings; agent causation; causal closure of the physical world; free will; Martine Nida-Rümelin; subject causation.
Typ článku: Research Article
Typ dokumentu: Research Article
O článku:
Some philosophers hold that it would be impossible for us to do something actively if the physical world were causally closed, i.e., if in the physical world all events were caused by other physical events if they are caused at all. The reason for this view is that these phi-losophers adhere to what I call the traditional picture of action. Re-cently, Martine Nida-Rümelin tried to defend this picture by phe-nomenological considerations. According to the traditional picture a behavior can only count as something an agent does actively if it is ultimately caused by the agent in an agent-causal way. In this paper I adduce three arguments against agent causation: (1) We do not really understand what agent causation is. (2) If agent causation were real, we would be confronted with the strange fact that human agents can only cause certain tiny events in the brain. (3) There is no empirical evidence that agent causation is real. In the last part of my paper I present an alternative account of the difference between what agents do actively and what is done to them.
Ako citovať:
ISO 690:
Beckermann, A. 2019. Active Doings and the Principle of the Causal Closure of the Physical World. In Organon F, vol. 26, no.1, pp. 122-140. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26108

APA:
Beckermann, A. (2019). Active Doings and the Principle of the Causal Closure of the Physical World. Organon F, 26(1), 122-140. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26108
O vydaní:
Vydavateľ: Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Publikované: 22. 1. 2019
Verejná licencia:
Ansgar Beckermann