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II—Control Variables and Mental Causation

John Campbell
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2010.00277.x 15-30 First published online: 1 April 2010

Abstract

I introduce the notion of a ‘control variable’ which gives us a way of seeing how mental causation could be an unproblematic case of causation in general, rather than being some sui generis form of causation. Psychological variables may be the control variables for a system for which there are no physical control variables, even in a deterministic physical world. That explains how there can be psychological causation without physical causation, even in a deterministic physical world.

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