Strong global supervenience is valuable

Oron Shagrir*

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is generally assumed that everything that can be said about dependence with the notion of strong global supervenience can also be said with the notion of strong supervenience. It is argued here, however, that strong global supervenience has a metaphysically distinctive role to play. It is shown that when the relevant sets include relations, strong global supervenience and strong supervenience are distinct. It is then concluded that there are claims about dependence of relations that can be made with the global notion of strong supervenience but not with the "local" (individual) one.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)417-423
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements Thanks to Ted Sider and two anonymous referees. This research was supported by The Israel Science Foundation, grant 725/08.


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