Married Causes

Acta Analytica 29 (2):161-180 (2014)

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Jeff Engelhardt
Dickinson College
Abstract
Many philosophers accept some version of a principle that says for all x, if x exists, then x plays a unique causal role. After briefly clarifying one version of the principle in Section 1, Section 2 gives reasons to doubt it by showing that there are non-identical “causal indiscernibles”—I call them “married causes.” Section 3 then sketches a few philosophical puzzles for which married causes may be helpful
Keywords Mental causation  Non-reductive physicalism  Individuation of events  Ontology
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-013-0202-8
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