Externalism and identity

Synthese 134 (3):463-475 (2003)
The main aim of this paper is to show that there is one version of supervenience of the mental on the physical which is entailed by token-token identity (I call this version change-supervenience); and to establish that of the other better known versions of supervenience in the literature (which I call difference-supervenience), none are so entailed. One consequence of this is that Burge's thought experiments while successful in refuting difference-supervenience cannot in themselves refute identity thesis. However, the introduction of change supervenience leads me to devise an analogous thought experiment against change-supervenience, thus refuting identity thesis as well
Keywords Difference  Externalism  Identity  Mental  Metaphysics  Supervenience  Thought Experiment  Burge, T
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DOI 10.1023/A:1022915720037
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