Supervenience in metaphysics

Leuenberger, S. (2008) Supervenience in metaphysics. Philosophy Compass, 3(4), pp. 749-762. (doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2008.00150.x)

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Supervenience is a topic-neutral, broadly logical relation between classes of properties or facts. In a slogan, <i>A</i> supervenes on <i>B</i> if and only if there cannot be an <i>A</i>-difference without a <i>B</i>-difference. The first part of this paper considers different ways in which that slogan has been cashed out. The second part discusses applications of concepts of supervenience, focussing on the question whether they may provide an explication of determination theses such as physicalism.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leuenberger, Professor Stephan
Authors: Leuenberger, S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophy Compass
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Published Online:15 May 2008
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
First Published:First published in Philosophy Compass 3(4):749-762
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