Philosophical Studies 174 (6):1459-1474 (2017)

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Neil McDonnell
University of Glasgow
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Causal exclusion arguments are taken to threaten the autonomy of the special sciences, and the causal efficacy of mental properties. A recent line of response to these arguments has appealed to “independently plausible” and “well grounded” theories of causation to rebut key premises. In this paper I consider two papers which proceed in this vein and show that they share a common feature: they both require causes to be proportional to their effects. I argue that this feature is a bug, and one that generalises: any attempt to rescue the autonomy of the special sciences, or the efficacy of the mental, from exclusion worries had better not look to proportionality for help.
Keywords Proportionality  Causation  Exclusion  Intervention  Difference Making  Lei Zhong  Peter Menzies  Christian List
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