Three Varieties of Causal Overdetermination
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
2002 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 83, Issue 4, pages 335–351, December 2002
How to Cite
Funkhouser, E. (2002), Three Varieties of Causal Overdetermination. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 83: 335–351. doi: 10.1111/1468-0114.00154
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- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
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Causal overdetermination worries arise in a number of domains, but most notably in the philosophy of mind. In discussions of such worries, alleged examples of causal overdetermination are uniformly viewed as prima facie problematic. While all alleged cases of overdetermination might (or might not) be problematic, I aim to show that they are so for different reasons. Examples of causal overdetermination neatly divide into three varieties, corresponding to the connections between the mechanisms and the properties of the causes. Future debates over overdetermination, and mental causation in particular, should pay heed to this distinction.