- 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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- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 08/05/2018 16:55:12): 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.
- For a page of Links8 to this Note, Click here. This list reveals more papers than I could possibly read on such a peripheral topic. I’ve tried to be selective in the second list below, but I’ve included in the first list most of the works I’ve read that mention supervenience.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read9, include10 the following:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons in the Material World", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Coherence Of the Idea of Material Constitution", Baker
- "Carter (William) - Artifacts of Theseus: Fact and Fission", Carter
- "Carter (William) - Our Bodies, Our Selves", Carter
- "Fodor (Jerry) - Individualism and Supervenience", Fodor
- "Hawley (Katherine) - Fission, Fusion and Intrinsic Facts", Hawley
- "Hawley (Katherine) - Merricks on Whether Being Conscious is Intrinsic", Hawley
- "Hazlett (Allan) - Disassembly and Destruction", Hazlett
- "Lewis (David) - Philosophical Papers Volume II: Introduction", Lewis
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Against the Doctrine of Microphysical Supervenience", Merricks
- "Noonan (Harold) - Identity, Constitution and Microphysical Supervenience", Noonan
- "Sider (Ted) - Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies", Sider
- "Steinhart (Eric) - Persons Versus Brains: Biological Intelligence in Human Organisms", Steinhart
- 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
- "Horgan (Terence) - From Supervenience to Superdupervenience: Meeting the Demands of a Physical World", Horgan
- "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-holder11.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (08/05/2018 16:55:12).
- 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.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- 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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