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Single Idea 16054

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 6. Physicalism]

Full Idea

Global supervenience seems too weak to capture the physical facts determining all the facts. …There could be two spatio-temporal regions alike in all physical respects, but different in some intrinsic non-physical respect.

Gist of Idea

Physicalism needs more than global supervenience on the physical


Terence Horgan (From Supervenience to Superdupervenience [1993], §5)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.16

A Reaction

I.e. there might be two physically identical regions, but one contains angels and the other doesn't (so the extra fact isn't tracking the physical facts). Physicalism I take to be the simple denial of the angels. Supervenience is an explanandum.

Related Idea

Idea 16053 'Global' supervenience is facts tracking varying physical facts in every possible world [Horgan,T]