The Hidden Premise in the Causal Argument for Physicalism

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2415
Author(s):
Bishop, Robert C
preprint description
The causal argument for physicalism is anayzed and it's key premise--the causal closure of physics--is found wanting. Therefore, a hidden premise must be added to the argument to gain its conclusion, but the hidden premise is indistinguishable from the conclusion of the causal argument. Therefore, it begs the question on physicalism.