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Stephen Yablo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266463.001.0001

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Causal Relevance: Mental, Moral, and Epistemic

Causal Relevance: Mental, Moral, and Epistemic

(p.307) 11 Causal Relevance: Mental, Moral, and Epistemic

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There is currently no known strategy of response to the metaphysical charge that wide mental states bring in factors too far away to bear on the causation happening here and now. This chapter presents three lines of response with a chance of success. The first is denial: ‘Who says the factors making a state wide are too far away ’? The second is dismissal: ‘Let me tell you my theory of causal relevance; it says wide mental states can be causes’. The third is diagnosis: ‘Here is why the locality argument seems right’. Examples of each strategy are presented.

Keywords:   metaphysics, mental state, causation, denial, dismissal, diagnosis

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