Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Supervenience, philosophy of mind: supervenience is an expression for a restricted dependency between areas. Elements of a region B are dependent on changes of elements of an area A, but not vice versa. Supervenience is used by some authors to explain the relationship between mental and physical processes. The assumption of a supervenience serves to circumvent more powerful assumptions like, e.g. the identity theory. See also covariance, dependency, identity theory, materialism, reductionism.

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Definition Supervenience/Brandom: a vocabulary supervenes on another if and only if there could be no two situations in which true statements (i.e. facts), formulated, would differ in supervenient vocabulary, while the true statements, formulated in the vocabulary, that supervenes on it, do not differ - neutral: if it is clear what one is commited to in one language, it is also clear what one is committed to in the other.

Supervenience/Brandom: here: vocabularies in terms of appearance/reality: weaker than reduction (when phenomenalism): the actual conditions of perception are crucial.


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Bra I
R. Brandom
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000

Bra II
R. Brandom
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-11-23