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EmergenceContemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science$
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Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026215

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.001.0001

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Supervenience

Supervenience

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(p.411) 23 Supervenience
Source:
Emergence
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David Chalmers

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.003.0027

This chapter discusses the controversial notion that the most fundamental facts about our universe are physical facts, and that all other facts are dependent on them. There exists a variety of dependence relations between high-level facts and low-level facts. The philosophical notion of supervenience provides a unifying framework within which these relations can be discussed, and formalizes the intuitive idea that one set of facts can fully determine another. In general, supervenience is a relation between two sets of properties: B-properties—intuitively, the high-level properties—and A-properties, which are the more basic low-level properties. The chapter will focus on the relevant A-properties, which are usually the physical properties or the fundamental properties that are invoked by a completed theory of physics.

Keywords:   supervenience, fundamental facts, physical facts, dependence relations, high-level facts, low-level facts, B-properties, A-properties

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