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  • n. The state or quality of being supervenient, of being in a dependency relationship such that an object with the supervened properties must also have the supervening properties


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supervenient +‎ -ence


  • But regardless of how long the notion of supervenience has been around, or who first used the term ˜supervenience™ in its philosophical sense, it is indisputable that Donald Davidson played a key role in bringing the idea to center stage.


  • Jaegwon Kim (1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993), David Lewis (1983), and others began to examine the notion of supervenience itself, and to explore its usefulness for a wide variety of philosophical purposes.


  • A somewhat less restrictive view than reductionism is the theory of "supervenience" between levels of scientific description.

    Methodological individualism

  • Fs. (61) SFN transformations assert a kind of supervenience condition on Fs: if the relevant non-F conditions obtain, Fs exist and have the relevant features.


  • "supervenience", mind-brain identity, epiphenomenalism, or simply denying that mental or other non-physical events can be causes.

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  • "supervenience" goes back to G. E.Moore's work on ethics.

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  • While reductionistic understandings agree that supervenience occurs, reductionistic supervenience maintains that there are consistent principles that function in the same way at both levels.


  • A different suggestion has been made by Melnyk (2003), who argues that physicalism should be defined not in terms of supervenience but in terms of a different relation, realization.


  • All supervenience says is that if a world is a minimal physical duplicate of the actual world, it is a duplicate simpliciter.


  • In order to answer this question it is worth comparing and contrasting supervenience physicalism with two alternative statements of physicalism that one finds in the literature: token and type physicalism.



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  • I know this is a philosophical term, but I prefer to think of it as the overarching goal of all convenience, as the state of advanced convenience to which we are continually evolving.

    May 16, 2007