Single Idea 16060

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 5. Physicalism]

Full Idea

The root intuition behind nonreductive materialism is that reality is composed of ontologically distinct layers or levels. …The upper levels depend on the physical without reducing to it.

Gist of Idea

Nonreductive materialism says upper 'levels' depend on lower, but don't 'reduce'


Lynch,MP/Glasgow,JM (The Impossibility of Superdupervenience [2003], B)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Studies' [-], p.203

A Reaction

A nice clear statement of a view which I take to be false. This relationship is the sort of thing that drives people fishing for an account of it to use the word 'supervenience', which just says two things seem to hang out together. Fluffy materialism.