Matter, Motion and Humean Supervenience
Robinson (Denis)
Source: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 67, Number 4, December 1989, pp. 394-409(16)
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Author’s Introduction

  1. This paper examines a doctrine which David Lewis has called 'Humean supervenience1' (hereafter 'HS'), and a problem which certain imaginary cases seem to generate for HS.
  2. They include rotating perfect spheres or discs, and flowing rivers, imagined as composed of matter which is perfectly homogeneous right down to the individual points.
  3. Before considering these examples, I shall introduce the doctrine they seem to challenge.

  1. Introduction
  2. Humean Supervenience2
  3. Material Motion
  4. HS and Homogeneous Material Motion
  5. Humean Supervenience3 as Contingent
  6. Identity as Supervenient on Causal Relations
  7. Kripke and Lewis on the Homogeneous Disc
  8. Can Qualities be Vectors?
  9. Parallel Difficulties for Actual-World Humean Supervenience4?


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