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Bram Vaassen: No Work from Causal Pairing Arguments

Time Wednesday 22 September, 2021 at 13:15 - 15:00
Place Online in Zoom

The Research Seminar Series in Philosophy invites you to a seminar with Bram Vaassen, "No Work from Causal Pairing Arguments".

Abstract: Dualists famously struggle with a variety of mental causation problems. One central problem is that dualists have a hard time ‘pairing’ mental causes with their purported effects (cf. Kim, 2001). Shiller (2020) argues that the standard responses formulated by Jehle (2006); Bennett (2007); Plantinga (2007); Lycan (2009); Bailey et al. (2011); Audi (2011), and Saad (2017) all lose their plausibility once one considers that mental causes should have neural effects. I argue that, if the standard approaches to other mental causation problems for dualists are effective, they immediately resolve causal pairing problems as well. Consequently, pairing arguments impose no further work on dualists.

All interested are welcome to participate in this seminar.

This seminar is held online in Zoom. Link for participation will be distributed by email to the seminar distribution list. If you wish to participate but are not on this list you can get the link by contacting Pär Sundström, see below. 

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Bram Vaassen
Postdoctoral fellow (on leave), postdoctoral fellow
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Pär Sundström
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