Varieties of Supervenience
Stalnaker (Robert)
Source: Stalnaker - Ways a World Might Be, Chapter 5
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  1. "Supervenience1" has been defined in various ways, and different things have been said about the relations between different supervenience2 concepts.
  2. This paper aims to clarify some of the dimensions on which different intuitive supervenience3 ideas differ, and the role they play in formulating philosophical problems and theses.
  3. It begins with an analysis of two different intuitive ideas that motivate attempts to articulate supervenience4 concepts.
  4. The relations between different supervenience5 definitions are discussed, and questions are raised about the role of concepts of supervenience6 in the dialectic of metaphysical argument and analysis.


Part II - Carving up Logical Space.

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