Serious Metaphysics and Supervenience

Frank Jackson

in From Metaphysics to Ethics

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250616
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597787 | DOI:
 Serious Metaphysics and Supervenience

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Serious metaphysics is the business of giving an account of what our world is like, which is much more than a shopping list. A famous example is physicalism, the doctrine that our world is a huge aggregation of items that are purely physical or physical without remainder. This chapter uses physicalism to explore what such a claim comes to in terms of supervenience; how it leads to a necessitation doctrine; and how it raises the location problem—the problem of locating an item described in non‐physical terms in the physical account offered by physicalism.

Keywords: location problem; metaphysics; physicalism; supervenience

Chapter.  10834 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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