Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2016

Department

Philosophy

Language

English

Publication Title

The Southern Journal of Philosophy

Abstract

This paper argues that two principles held by many metaphysicians and philosophers of mind are inconsistent: (1) there is no systematic overdetermination, and (2) some causal effects are also determined by their metaphysical grounds. Call this “The Problem of Secondary Effects.” After introducing the problem and noting philosophical theories that face it, the paper offers further clarification by considering three potential strategies for solving it. All fail. An approach that sacrifices ‘secondary effects’ is briefly sketched as a solution.

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Published as:
Engelhardt, Jeff. "The Problem of Secondary Effects." The Southern Journal of Philosophy 54, no. 2 (2016): 247-266. doi: 10.1111/sjp.12168

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DOI

10.1111/sjp.12168

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