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Counterfactuals, Overdetermination and Mental Causation

Aimar, S; (2011) Counterfactuals, Overdetermination and Mental Causation. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society , 111 (3) pp. 469-477. 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00318.x. Green open access

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Abstract

The Exclusion Problem (ep) for mental causation suggests that there is a tension between the claim that the mental causes physical effects and the claim that the mental does not overdetermine its physical effects. In response, Karen Bennett (2003, 2008) puts forward an extra necessary condition for overdetermination: if one candidate cause were to occur but the other were not to occur, the effect would still occur. She thus denies one of the assumptions of ep, the assumption that if an effect has two sufficient causes, it is overdetermined. If sound, her argument does two things: it solves ep, and it shows how to use counterfactuals in order to make the notion of overdetermination precise. However, the argument is not sound.

Type: Article
Title: Counterfactuals, Overdetermination and Mental Causation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00318.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/110.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00318....
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Counterfactual, Overdetermination, Mental Causation, Exclusion
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086309
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