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Levels of Reality

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259747.003.0002
 Levels of Reality

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Chapter 2 Levels of RealityMany philosophers, especially self‐described ‘non‐reductive materialists’, embrace the idea that reality is hierarchical: the world comprises levels of being. Examples of such philosophers are given, details of the conception made explicit, and difficulties mentioned.

Keywords: being; causation; J. A. Fodor; hierarchical; levels; non‐reductive materialism; reality; realization; reduction; J. R. Searle; supervenience

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Subjects: Metaphysics

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