Supervenience

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  1. The Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences: Real Patterns, Real Unity, Real Causes, but No Supervenience.Don Ross & David Spurrett - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):637-647.
    Our response amplifies our case for scientific realism and the unity of science and clarifies our commitments to scientific unity, nonreductionism, behaviorism, and our rejection of talk of “emergence.” We acknowledge support from commentators for our view of physics and, responding to pressure and suggestions from commentators, deny the generality supervenience and explain what this involves. We close by reflecting on the relationship between philosophy and science.
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  2. Ditching Dependence and Determination: Or, How to Wear the Crazy Trousers.Michael J. Duncan, Kristie Miller & James Norton - forthcoming - Synthese.
    This paper defends Flatland—the view that there exist neither determination nor dependence relations, and that everything is therefore fundamental—from the objection from explanatory inefficacy. According to that objection, Flatland is unattractive because it is unable to explain either the appearance as of there being determination relations, or the appearance as of there being dependence relations. We show how the Flatlander can meet the first challenge by offering four strategies—reducing, eliminating, untangling and omnizing—which, jointly, explain the appearance as of there being (...)
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  3. Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays.William Seager - 1996 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (3):730-733.
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  4. Humeanism Without Humean Supervenience: A Projectivist Account of Laws and Possibilities.Barry Ward - 2002 - Philosophical Studies 107 (3):191-218.
    Acceptance of Humean Supervenience and the reductive Humean analyses that entail it leads to a litany of inadequately explained conflicts with our intuitions regarding laws and possibilities. However, the non-reductive Humeanism developed here, on which law claims are understood as normative rather than fact stating, can accommodate those intuitions. Rational constraints on such norms provide a set of consistency relations that ground a semantics formulated in terms of factual-normative worlds, solving the Frege-Geach problem of construing unasserted contexts. This set of (...)
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  5. Blocking Definitions of Materialism.John Hawthorne - 2002 - Philosophical Studies 110 (2):103-113.
    It is often thought that materialism about the mind can be clarified using the concept of supervenience. But there is a difficulty. A materialist should admit the possibility of ghosts and thus should allow that a world might duplicate the physical character of our world and enjoy, in addition, immaterial beings with mental properties. So materialists can't claim that every world that is physically indistinguishable from our world is also mentally indistinguishable; and this is well known. What is less understood (...)
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  6. Review of Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays by Jaegwon Kim. [REVIEW]John F. Post - 1995 - Philosophy of Science 62 (2):338-3340.
    "Adaptation properties," as individuated according to evolutionary biology, cannot be reduced to physical properties of the token items that have the adaptation properties. This causes serious if not fatal trouble for several of Kim's crucial theses: the Causal Individuation of Kinds, Weak Supervenience, Alexander's Dictum, the synchronicity thesis (that all psychological kinds supervene on the contemporaneous physical states of the organism), the Correlation Thesis, and indeed his Restricted Correlation Thesis. All these theses are strongly individualist, in the sense of entailing (...)
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  7. More on Global Supervenience.Oron Shagrir - 1999 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 59 (3):691-701.
    Jaegwon Kim contends that global supervenience is consistent with non-materialistic cases. Paull and Sider, Horgan, as well as Kim, attempt to defend it from these charges. It is shown here that their defense is only partially successful. Their defense meets one challenge to global supervenience-the hydrogen-atom case-but fails to meet other, `local', cases. It is suggested that the other challenges can be met if global supervenience is combined with weak supervenience. The combination of global and weak supervenience constitutes a viable (...)
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  8. Global Supervenience and Belief.Kutschera Franz - unknown
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  9. Should We Reject Supervenience Analyses of Laws, Chance, and Causation?Lyle Zynda - 1996 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 27 (4):587-592.
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  10. Emergence and Supervenience: A Reply to Philip Clayton.Gregory R. Peterson - 2002 - Tradition and Discovery 29 (3):23-27.
    Philip Clayton has put forth a clear and important position regarding the mind-body relationship in terms of supervenient and emergent realities. While I agree with Clayton on many points, I argue that there are important problems with current literature on supervenience and emergence. In particular, I distinguish between closed system emergence and open system emergence, suggesting that Clayton’s position is closer to the latter than the former.
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  11. Physicalism and Panexperientialism: Response to David Ray Griffin.Jaegwon Kim - 1999 - Process Studies 28 (1/2):28-34.
  12. Supervenience for Multiple Domains.Jaegwon Kim - 1988 - Philosophical Topics 16 (1):129-150.
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  13. A Poor Man’s Guide to Supervenience and Determination.Paul Teller - 1983 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (Supplement):137-162.
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  14. Epistemic Supervenience and the Circle of Belief.James Van Cleve - 1985 - The Monist 68 (1):90-104.
    I shall begin with a series of quotations to illustrate how widespread are the views I wish to challenge.
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  15. On the Supervenience of Spirit: Bulletin of the Santayana Society.Angus Kerr-Lawson - 2006 - Overheard in Seville 24 (24):28-34.
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  16. Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis. [REVIEW]Jussi Haukioja - 2003 - Dialogue 42 (2):389-390.
    When a volume deals with the work of a philosopher such as David Lewis who has worked on a broad range of questions, it is helpful to restrict the topics in some manner. The editors of this collection of essays have chosen Humean supervenience as the unifying theme. However, only one of the papers is directly concerned with supervenience. The rest are on subjects such as modal realism, time travel, endurance vs. perdurance, causation, conditionals, and physicalism about the mind. In (...)
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  17. Truthmaking and Supervenience.Joan Pagès - 2005 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 20 (2):191-197.
    In his criticism of Armstrong’s argument against nominalism, Parsons makes a crucial use of a notion of truthmaking in terms of weak supervenience which assumedly: does not entail truthmaker essentialism, is neutral as to the issue of nominalism, and is useful in Armstrong’s argument against Ryle. I will try to show that Parsons’ notion is defective because it does not preserve the explanatory character of truthmakers. Besides, I argue that the natural reformulation of the notion in terms of strong supervenience (...)
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  18. Supervenience and Object-Dependant Properties.Thomas Hofweber - 2005 - Journal of Philosophy 102 (1):5-32.
    I argue that the semantic thesis of direct reference and the meta- physical thesis of the supervenience of the non-physical on the physical cannot both be true. The argument first develops a necessary condition for supervenience, a so-called conditional locality requirement, which is then shown to be incompatible with some physical object having object dependent properties, which in turn is required for the thesis of direct reference to be true. We apply this argument to formulate a new argument against the (...)
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  19. Supervenience Is a Two-Way Street.Richard B. Miller - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (12):695.
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  20. Supervenience, Determination, and Reduction.Jaegwon Kim - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (11):616.
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  21. Supervenience.R. M. Hare - 1984 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 58 (1):1-16.
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  22. A Logical Response to Blackburn's Supervenience Argument.Jorn Sonderholm - 2007 - SATS 8 (1):178-185.
    Simon Blackburn’s supervenience argument against moral realism has been widely discussed since its first appearance more than thirty years ago. A number of different suggestions have been made as to how the argument can be countered. In a review of Blackburn’s Spreading the Word, Crispin Wright comments on the argument and rather briefly points out some technical difficulties with it that arise from the formula used in the definition of supervenience. In this paper, I try to show, building on Wright’s (...)
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  23. Worlds by Supervenience: Some Further Problems.P. Grim - 1997 - Analysis 57 (2):146-151.
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  24. Space, Supervenience and Substantivalism.R. Le Poidevin - 2004 - Analysis 64 (3):191-198.
  25. Supervenience, Vagueness, and Determination.Brian P. McLaughlin - 1997 - Noûs 31 (S11):209-230.
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  26. Emergence, Not Supervenience.Paul Humphreys - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (Supplement):S337-S345.
    I argue that supervenience is an inadequate device for representing relations between different levels of phenomena. I then provide six criteria that emergent phenomena seem to satisfy. Using examples drawn from macroscopic physics, I suggest that such emergent features may well be quite common in the physical realm.
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  27. Strong Global Supervenience is Valuable.Oron Shagrir - 2009 - Erkenntnis 71 (3):417-423.
    It is generally assumed that everything that can be said about dependence with the notion of strong global supervenience can also be said with the notion of strong supervenience. It is argued here, however, that strong global supervenience has a metaphysically distinctive role to play. It is shown that when the relevant sets include relations , strong global supervenience and strong supervenience are distinct. It is then concluded that there are claims about dependence of relations that can be made with (...)
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  28. Supervenience of Extrinsic Properties.Vera Hoffmann & Albert Newen - 2007 - Erkenntnis 67 (2):305-319.
    The aim of this paper is to define a notion of supervenience which can adequately describe the systematic dependence of extrinsic as well as of intrinsic higher-level properties on base-level features. We argue that none of the standard notions of supervenience—the concepts of weak, strong and global supervenience—fulfil this function. The concept of regional supervenience, which is purported to improve on the standard conceptions, turns out to be problematic as well. As a new approach, we develop the notion of property-dependent (...)
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  29. Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays.Ernest Sosa (ed.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Jaegwon Kim is one of the most pre-eminent and most influential contributors to the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. This collection of essays presents the core of his work on supervenience and mind with two sets of postscripts especially written for the book. The essays focus on such issues as the nature of causation and events, what dependency relations other than causal relations connect facts and events, the analysis of supervenience, and the mind-body problem. A central problem in the philosophy (...)
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  30. Supervenience and Supervenient Causation.Jaegwon Kim - 1983 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (S1):45-56.
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  31. Event Supervenience and Supervenient Causation.Brian P. McLaughlin - 1983 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (S1):71-91.
  32. Armstrong’s Supervenience and Ontological Dependence.Francesco Orilia - 2016 - In Francesco Federico Calemi (ed.), Metaphysics and Scientific Realism: Essays in Honour of David Malet Armstrong. De Gruyter. pp. 233-252.
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  33. Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis.Gerhard Preyer, Frank Siebelt, D. M. Armstrong, Jonathan Bennett, John Bigelow, Daniel Bonevac, Phillip Bricker, Peter Forrest, Terence Horgan, Harold W. Noonan, Paul Teller & Michael Tye (eds.) - 2001 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Reality and Humean Supervenience confronts the reader with central aspects in the philosophy of David Lewis, whose work in ontology, metaphysics, logic, probability, philosophy of mind, and language articulates a unique and systematic foundation for modern physicalism.
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  34. Topological Supervenience: A Mathematical Framework for Exploring Supervenience.David Robson - 2016 - Synthese 193 (9).
    This paper sets out some new skeleton mathematically-couched models for dealing with supervenience in some, if not all, its many guises. Our models are based around a naïve invocation of a ‘topology’ induced on object sets by property sets. We have two aims: one is to provide an overview of supervenience with enough rigour and detail to act as a self-contained introduction to the subject; and the other is to set out our new approach—but without getting too bogged down in (...)
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  35. CHAPTER 2. The Supervenience Argument Motivated, Clarified, and Defended.Jaegwon Kim - 2007 - In Physicalism, or Something Near Enough. Princeton University Press. pp. 32-92.
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  36. Untittled.Marvin/ E. Kirsh - manuscript
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  37. Spindel Conference 1983 Supervenience.Terence Horgan - 1984 - Dept. Of Philosophy, Memphis State University.
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  38. Elias Savellos and Ümit Yalçin, Supervenience: New Essays. [REVIEW]Don Ross - 1997 - Philosophy in Review 17:134-137.
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  39. Supervenience Relations and Their Significance.Richard Cranston Paull - 1994 - Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Supervenience is the impossibility of independent variation. A crude statement of supervenience would be the claim that things cannot differ in some respect without differing in some other respect. For example, to say that the mental supervenes on the physical is to say that there cannot be mental differences without physical differences. ;The basic idea behind supervenience can be developed in a number of ways. My dissertation contains a detailed study of the different supervenience relations found in the literature. I (...)
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  40. Supervenience in Dynamic-World Planning.Lee Arthur Spector - 1992 - Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park
    This dissertation investigates the utility of abstraction for agents living in complex, dynamic environments. The generation of intelligent behavior in such environments requires the integration of deliberative and reactive processes. Modularity and hierarchy have proven to be valuable organizational principles in this context, and the notion of "levels of abstraction" has played a particularly important role. This dissertation presents a form of abstraction called supervenience, of which other common forms of abstraction are special cases. Supervenience is based on epistemological "distance (...)
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  41. Micro-Based Properties and the Supervenience Argument: A Response to Kim: Discussion.Paul Noordhof - 1999 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 99 (1):109-114.
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  42. Response: A Thousand Entities: Comments on Haugeland’s ‘Ontological Supervenience’.Jerrold Levinson - 1983 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (Supplement):13-17.
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  43. Varieties of Dependence: Ontological Dependence, Grounding, Supervenience, Response-Dependence (Basic Philosophical Concepts).Benjamin Schnieder, Miguel Hoeltje & Alex Steinberg (eds.) - 2013 - Philosophia Verlag.
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  44. On Weak and Strong Permission Once More.Kazimierz Opakk & Jan Woleński - 1986 - Rechtstheorie 17:83-88.
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  45. Doubts About the Supervenience Of The Ethical.Nicholas Sturgeon - 2009 - In Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume Four. Oxford University Press.
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  46. Jaegwon Kim, Supervenience and Mind.Ralf Stoecker - 1995 - European Journal of Philosophy 3 (2).
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  47. Brute Supervenience, Deep Ignorance, and the Problem of the Many.Terry Horgan - 1997 - Philosophical Issues 8:229-236.
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  48. Savellos, EE and Yalgin, UD (Eds.)-Supervenience.T. E. Wilkerson - 1997 - Philosophical Books 38:116-116.
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  49. Recent Work on Supervenience.Divers John - 1998 - Philosophical Books 39 (2):81-91.
    At the core of the concept of supervenience are certain general maxims— notably, that there can be no A-differences without B-differences and that Bindiscernibility must bring A-discernibility. Supervenience is thus conceived as a matter of modal covariance between two sets of things in a given category, usually properties. The perennial issues surrounding supervenience concern: (a) the variety of specifically formulated theses that serve the core maxims and the patterns of entailment that obtain among these theses, and (b) the relations that (...)
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  50. Materialism and Supervenience.Andrew Jack - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (4):426-444.
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