- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Supervenience1' during my Thesis research, as from end March 2018.
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Write-up2 (as at 18/04/2018 00:01:26): Supervenience
- To quote from "McLaughlin (Brian) & Bennett (Karen) - Supervenience", “A set of properties A supervenes upon another set B just in case no two things can differ with respect to A-properties without also differing with respect to their B-properties. In slogan form, “there cannot be an A-difference without a B-difference”.”.
- So – the classic example is of the mind supervening on the brain (mental properties on physical properties of the brain) – there can be no change of mental properties without a corresponding change of brain-states.
- Humean supervenience4: "is the assumption that all truths about our world will supervene on the class of physical truths in the following sense: There are no truths in any compartment of our world that cannot be accounted for in terms of differences and similarities among those properties and external space-time relations that are fundamental to our world according to physical science."
- Apart from rebutting dualism5, I’m interested in Supervenience because it is related to questions of Constitution6 and multiple-occupancy. It is also claimed as an objection to Eric Olson’s Thinking Animal Argument7.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read8, include9 the following:-
- "Fodor (Jerry) - Individualism and Supervenience", Fodor
- "Noonan (Harold) - Identity, Constitution and Microphysical Supervenience", Noonan
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Alexander (Ronald) - The Self, Supervenience and Personal Identity", Alexander
- "Chalmers (David) - Supervenience and Explanation", Chalmers
- "Graham (George) - Does Mind Depend Upon Brain?", Graham
- "Haslanger (Sally) - Humean Supervenience and Enduring Things", Haslanger
- "Kim (Jaegwon) - Causality, Identity and Supervenience in the Mind-Body Problem", Kim
- "Kim (Jaegwon) - Supervenience", Kim
- "Kim (Jaegwon) - Supervenience and Mind: Selected Philosophical Essays", Kim
- "McLaughlin (Brian) & Bennett (Karen) - Supervenience", McLaughlin & Bennett
- "Murphy (Nancey) - Supervenience and the Downward Efficacy of the Mental: A Nonreductive Physicalist Account of Human Action", Murphy
- "Noonan (Harold) - Microphysical Supervenience and Consciousness", Noonan
- "Noonan (Harold) - Supervenience", Noonan
- "Pollock (John L.) - Functionalism and Psychophysical Supervenience", Pollock
- "Rea (Michael) - Supervenience and Co-Location", Rea
- "Sattig (Thomas) - The Language and Reality of Time", Sattig
- "Sider (Ted) - Global Supervenience and Identity Across Times and Worlds", Sider
- "Sider (Ted) - Maximality and Microphysical Supervenience", Sider
- "Sider (Ted) - Yet Another Paper on the Supervenience Argument", Sider
- "Stalnaker (Robert) - Varieties of Supervenience", Stalnaker
- "Sutton (Catherine S.) - The Supervenience Solution to the Too-Many-Thinkers Problem", Sutton
- "Wasserman (Ryan) - Humean Supervenience and Personal Identity", Wasserman
- "Wiggins (David) - Identity and Supervenience", Wiggins
→ "Runggaldier (Edmund) - Comments of Wiggins's 'Identity and Supervenience'"
- This is mostly a place-holder10.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (18/04/2018 00:01:26).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 4: Footnote 8:
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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