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[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 5. Supervenience / b. Types of supervenience]

Full Idea

B-properties supervene naturally on A-properties if any two naturally possible situations with the same A-properties have the same B-properties.

Gist of Idea

Natural supervenience is when one set of properties is always accompanied by another set


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 1.2.1)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.36

A Reaction

Since it is hard to imagine a healthy working brain failing to produce consciousness, given the current laws of nature, almost everyone (except extreme dualists) must concede that they are naturally supervenient. I wonder why they are.