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Single Idea 16064

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

Full Idea

Jessica Wilson (1999) says what makes physicalist accounts different from emergentism etc. is that each individual causal power associated with a supervenient property is numerically identical with a causal power associated with its base property.

Gist of Idea

The hallmark of physicalism is that each causal power has a base causal power under it


Lynch,MP/Glasgow,JM (The Impossibility of Superdupervenience [2003], n 11)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Studies' [-], p.218

A Reaction

Hence the key thought in so-called (serious, rather than self-evident) 'emergentism' is so-called 'downward causation', which I take to be an idle daydream.