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Single Idea 4616

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 3. Levels of Reality]

Full Idea

'Supervenience' means lower-level objects and properties suffice for the higher level ones, but the higher level is distinct from its ground, which is reflected in the higher level being governed by distinct laws of nature.

Gist of Idea

A higher level is 'supervenient' if it is determined by lower levels, but has its own natural laws


John Heil (Philosophy of Mind [1998], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Routledge 1998], p.193

A Reaction

A nice summary of Davidson's idea. It feels wrong to me. Can I create some 'new laws of nature' by combining things novelly in a laboratory so that a supervenient state emerges. Sounds silly to me. Must we invoke God to achieve this?