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Has the Side-Effect Effect been cancelled? (No, not yet.)

Sytsma, Justin and Bishop, Robert and Schwenkler, John (2022) Has the Side-Effect Effect been cancelled? (No, not yet.). [Preprint]


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A large body of research has found that people judge bad foreseen side effects to be more intentional than good. While the standard interpretation of this Side-Effect Effect (SEE) takes it to show that the ordinary concept of intentionality is influenced by normative considerations, a competing account holds that it is the result of pragmatic pressure to express moral censure and, thus, that the SEE is an experimental artifact. Attempts to reveal this have previously been unsuccessful, however. That is until recently, when Lindauer and Southwood (2021) detailed a study purporting to cancel the SEE. We are not convinced. Here, we detail three studies testing their interpretation. The results indicate that it is the purported cancellation, rather than the SEE, that is an experimental artifact.

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Item Type: Preprint
Sytsma, Justin
Bishop, Robert
Schwenkler, John
Keywords: Side-Effect Effect, Knobe Effect, Intentionality, Experimental Philosophy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Justin Sytsma
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2022 18:33
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2022 18:33
Item ID: 20432
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 6 April 2022

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