Thanks for the useful and spirited discussion from conference participants on the work of Professor Baker, University of Buffalo, 2009. Thanks also for comments and critique from Ratio's anonymous reviewer.
Constitution, Over Determination and Causal Power†
Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 162–178, June 2013
How to Cite
Garrett, B. J. (2013), Constitution, Over Determination and Causal Power. Ratio, 26: 162–178. doi: 10.1111/rati.12006
- Issue published online: 14 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
Kim's exclusion argument threatens to show that irreducible constituted objects are epiphenomenal. Kim's arguments are examined and found to be unconvincing; that a constituted cause requires its constituent to be a cause is not an adequate reason to reject the causation of the constituted object (event or property-instance). However, I introduce and argue for, the Causal Power Uniqueness Condition (CPUC). I argue that CPUC and the causal closure of the physical, implies that constituted objects or property-instances are not novel causal powers.