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Eliminative Determinism

Eliminative Determinism

Causal Objects

An Introduction Basic Concepts Existential Imperative
Causal Objects Free Will Eventities
Dilemma of Determinism Dennett's 'Freedom Evolves' Pure Presence
The Physical Imperative   Is Ontological Ignorance
 a Problem for Science?

.Folk Ontology Nature versus Nurture .

Eliminative Determinism is a new theory of causation. It is a natural corollary of the theory of eliminative materialism and its challenge to folk psychology. Rather than present itself merely as an innovation or intertheoretic version of traditional determinism, it seeks to offer itself as a replacement, or at least as an alternative, for the present generally accepted school of thought.

A. Every  cosmic  entity   is  a  causal  object
B. Every  event is caused by a causal  object
C. Therefore  every  human  is causal  object
D. Events couldn't  have happened otherwise
E. Objects  couldn't  have  existed differently

F. Abstractions Cause and Effect do not exist

The theory is based upon principles of a reductive parsimony and simplicity. It does not pretend to amend or eliminate the core determinist bottom-line doctrine that the algorithms of causal consistency in human behaviour are the inevitable result of antecedent conditions and that the human being, in acts of apparent choice, is the ineluctable expression of his or her heredity and past environment.


The most basic concept of Eliminative Determinism suggests that the human-centred scenario of individual 'events' is only a minuscule example of the constantly changing universe as enacted by every networked reticulation of macro and micro causal objects both historical and contemporary.

We argue that 'that which causes' equals 'that which exists' and 'that which exists' equates to that which is holistically cosmically present itself. The parts of the cosmos cannot cause and cannot exist and cannot even be understood except in their relation to the whole

Such is the immensity and complexity of the cosmos; such is the universal ubiquity of modal change, and such is the homogeny between 'change' and 'cause,' all of which is governed by the existential imperative which peremptorily determines that 'to exist' is analogous 'to cause.

For humans to seek to single out attribute individual 'cause' to any causal object is to differentiate and isolate that object as being an individually culpable entity which is somehow antithetically separated from the overall, shared, mutual or 'joint causal responsibility' or 'catenulate accountability' of all the causal objects in the cosmos both historical and contemporary that exist in accordance with scientific generalization based on empirical observations or Laws of Nature or hypotheses confirmed by scientific experiments.
     Reflective judgment can take up the slack to what is left unattended to by this new ontology.

Now the confrontation twixt old and new extends into the cobwebby domain of folk ontology and the Gothic seigneury of causality and free will and the psycho-myth of 'events.'