ELLMM City: John Heil (Washington Univ. St. Louis)

Event time: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC) See map
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

John Heil is professor at Washington University at St. Louis and author of, among many other things, Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction, The Ontological Point of View, and The Universe as We Find It.

Title: ‘Efficient Causation: What’s Not to Like?’

Abstract: “David Lewis, echoing his teacher, Donald Cary Williams, defends the thesis that reality comprises a ‘Humean mosaic’ of qualities distributed in space time: ‘all else supervenes on that’. Such a conception appears obviously at odds with the seething dynamic picture of the universe we find in the various sciences. You might think that matters could be improved by moving from Williams’s and Lewis’s Humeanism to a version of Aristotelianism that replaces inert qualities with powerful qualities. Although there is much to be said in favor of such an option, this talk explores a third alternative, one that consigns efficient causation to the manifest image.”