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Experiments on causal exclusion

Blanchard, Thomas and Murray, Dylan and Lombrozo, Tania (2022) Experiments on causal exclusion. Mind & Language, 37. pp. 1067-1089.


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Intuitions play an important role in the debate on the
causal status of high-level properties. For instance, Kim
has claimed that his “exclusion argument” relies on
“a perfectly intuitive ... understanding of the causal
relation.” We report the results of three experiments
examining whether laypeople really have the relevant
intuitions. We find little support for Kim's view and the
principles on which it relies. Instead, we find that lay-
people are willing to count both a multiply realized
property and its realizers as causes, and regard the sys-
tematic overdetermination implied by this view as

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Blanchard, Thomastblancha@uni-koeln.de0000-0001-5002-7517
Murray, Dylan
Keywords: causation, exclusion problem, experimental philosophy, multiple realization, proportionality
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Thomas Blanchard
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2023 12:07
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2023 12:07
Item ID: 22152
Journal or Publication Title: Mind & Language
DOI or Unique Handle:
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2022
Page Range: pp. 1067-1089
Volume: 37

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