Factual phenomenalism: A supervenience theory

Sorites 9 (9):16-31 (1998)

Abstract
Broadly speaking, phenomenalism is the position that physical facts depend upon sensory facts. Many have thought it to imply that physical statements are translatable into sensory statements. Not surprisingly, the impossibility of such translations led many to abandon phenomenalism in favor of materialism. But this was rash, for if phenomenalism is reformulated as the claim that physical facts supervene upon sensory facts, then translatability is no longer required. Given materialism's failure to account for subjective experience, there has been a revival of property dualism. But property dualism implies indirect realism with its threat of scepticism. Given difficulties with materialism and dualism, philosophers should reconsider phenomenalism
Keywords Factual  Metaphysics  Phenomenalism  Scepticism  Sensory  Statement  Supervenience
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,901
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Varieties of Supervenience.Brian P. McLaughlin - 1994 - In Elias E. Savellos & Ümit D. Yalçin (eds.), Savellos, E.; Yalchin, O. (Eds.) Supervenience. Cambridge University Press. pp. 16--59.
An Alternative to the Adverbial Theory: Dis-Phenomenalism.Ran Lahav - 1990 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (3):553-568.
Varieties of Supervenience.Brian P. McLaughlin - 1995 - In Elias E. Savellos & U. Yalcin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. pp. 16--59.
Ontological Supervenience.John Haugeland - 1984 - Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement 22 (S1):1-12.
Varieties of Supervenience.Robert Stalnaker - 1996 - Philosophical Perspectives 10:221-42.
'Strong' and 'Global' Supervenience Revisited.Jaegwon Kim - 1987 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 48 (December):315-26.
Supervenience and Supervenient Causation.Jaegwon Kim - 1984 - Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement 22 (S1):45-56.
Davidson's Troubles with Supervenience.James C. Klagge - 1990 - Synthese 85 (November):339-52.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
58 ( #179,199 of 2,439,070 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
0

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes