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Is Supervenience Asymmetric?

Post, John F. (2000) Is Supervenience Asymmetric? [Book Chapter] (In Press)

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Abstract

After some preliminary clarifications, arguments for the supposed asymmetry of supervenience and determination, such as they are, are shown to be unsound. An argument against the supposed asymmetry is then constructed and defended against objections. This is followed by explanations of why the intuition of asymmetry is nonetheless so entrenched, and of how the asymmetric ontological priority of the physical over the non-physical can be understood without the supposed asymmetry of supervenience and determination.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:supervenience, supervene, determination, determine, nonreductive determination, Kim, reduction, explanation, physicalism, priority, ontological priority, asymmetry, asymmetric, asymmetric ontological priority, transitivity, primacy, ontological primacy, identity
Subjects:Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Psychology > Psychobiology
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
Psychology > Psychophysics
ID Code:391
Deposited By:Post, John F.
Deposited On:26 Aug 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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