Concepts of Supervenience Revisited

Oron Shagrir*

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Over the last 3 decades a vast literature has been dedicated to supervenience. Much of it has focused on the analysis of different concepts of supervenience and their philosophical consequences. This paper has two objectives. One is to provide a short, up-do-date, guide to the formal relations between the different concepts of supervenience. The other is to reassess the extent to which these concepts can establish metaphysical theses, especially about dependence. The conclusion is that strong global supervenience is the most advantageous notion of supervenience that we have.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)469-485
Number of pages17
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments Thanks to Vera Hoffmann, and to two anonymous referees of this Journal. This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation, Grant 725/08.


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