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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 ones. 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) presented 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
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Justin Sytsma
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 03:39
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 03:39
Item ID: 21053
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 15 August 2022

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