Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 33, number 99, diciembre 2001
El principio del cierre causal del mundo físico
[The Principle of the Causal Closure of the Physical World]
Agustín Vicente
Departamento de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia
Universidad de Barcelona

Abstract: It is possible to argue for physicalism from methodological or epistemic considerations or from an ontological position. In the last years one can find a powerful ontological argument for physicalism which makes essential use of what has been labeled "the principle of the causal closure of the physical world". In this paper I examine whether this principle can be grounded in physics itself. I propose that, with the aid of contemporary reductive transference or exchange theories of causation, conservation laws can provide such a basis to the principle of the causal closure. I also consider what modal force the principle may have.
Keywords: physicalism, principle of the causal closure of the physical world, conservation laws, conserved quantities

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