What’s Wrong With the Causal Efficacy of Abstracta: A Reply to Friedell

Philosophia 51 (4):1933-1947 (2023)
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The view that abstracta cannot exert causal power is pretty common in metaphysics. According to Friedell (2020), however, this view is mistaken. In a recent paper in this journal, he has argued that at least some abstracta are causally efficacious. My goal in what follows is to demonstrate that, given certain plausible methodological assumptions, Friedell 2020’s argument is not as strong as it might at first seem.

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Alexey Aliyev
National Research University Higher School of Economics

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