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Supervenience New Essays

ISBN-10: 0521039649

ISBN-13: 9780521039642

Edition: N/A

Authors: Elias E. Savellos, Umit D. Yalcin

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Supervenience is one of the hot discoveries of analytic philosophy, and this collection of essays on the topic represents a state of the art examination of it and its application to major areas of philosophy. The interest in supervenience has much to do with the flexibility of the concept. To say that x supervenes on y indicates a degree of dependence without committing one to the view that x can be reduced to y. Thus supervenience is a relationship that has the potential of replacing the traditional notion of dependence, while performing at least part of the function reductive relationships were supposed to fulfil. Moreover, since it is a topic-neutral concept, supervenience has a wide range of applicability.
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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Linda Pierce Plues was a member of the Peace Corps at its inception and volunteered in Colombia. She went to San Diego State University and George Mason University, and she earned a bachelor's degree in ancient studies. She spent fifteen years in Africa, and her two sons, Eric and Adam, grew up in five different African countries. She currently lives in San Diego.

List of contributors
Introduction
Varieties of supervenience
Supervenience: model theory or metaphysics?
'Global' supervenient determination: too permissive?
Weak supervenience supervenes
The tweedledum and tweedledee of supervenience
Reduction in the mind of god
Psychophysical supervenience, dependency and reduction
Supervenience redux
Nonreducible supervenient causation
Physicalism, supervenience and dependence
An argument for strong supervenience
Arguments for supervenience and physical realisation
Supervenience and the essences of events
How does ontology supervene on what there is?
Supervenience and intentionality
Supervenience, coherence and trustworthiness
Does truth supervene on evidence?
Index