On the Metaphysical Utility of Claims of Global Supervenience

Melnyk, Andrew
September 1997
Philosophical Studies;Sep1997, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p277
Academic Journal
The article discusses philosophical utility of claims of supervenience. Various authors have advanced certain claims of global supervenience, claims to the effect that, roughly, all facts of any kind globally supervene upon fundamental physical facts. The article explains three things: the nature of the metaphysical project; the nature of the role in that project which claims of global supervenience cannot play; and why claims of global supervenience constitute such attractive candidates to play such a role.


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