Erkenntnis 81 (1):17-40 (2016)

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Sara Bernstein
University of Notre Dame
Abstract
Widespread causal overdetermination is often levied as an objection to nonreductive theories of minds and objects. In response, nonreductive metaphysicians have argued that the type of overdetermination generated by their theories is different from the sorts of coincidental cases involving multiple rock-throwers, and thus not problematic. This paper pushes back. I argue that attention to differences between types of overdetermination discharges very few explanatory burdens, and that overdetermination is a bigger problem for the nonreductive metaphysician than previously thought
Keywords Overdetermination  Mental Causation  Nonreductive Physicalism  Causation  Properties
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-015-9726-1
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