What is global supervenience?

Synthese 170 (1):115 - 129 (2009)

Stephan Leuenberger
University of Glasgow
The relation of global supervenience is widely appealed to in philosophy. In slogan form, it is explained as follows: a class of properties A supervenes on a class of properties B if no two worlds differ in the distribution of A-properties without differing in the distribution of B-properties. It turns out, though, that there are several ways to cash out that slogan. Three different proposals have been discussed in the literature. In this paper, I argue that none of them is adequate. Furthermore, I present a puzzle that reveals a tension in our concept of global supervenience.
Keywords Global supervenience  Transitivity  Isomorphism  Permutation invariance  Logicality
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-008-9360-4
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