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Single Idea 17486

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 5. Supervenience / c. Significance of supervenience]

Full Idea

Supervenience is not an ontological relationship, being just modally robust property co-variance.


'modally robust' means it persists through most possibilities

Gist of Idea

Supervenience is simply modally robust property co-variance


Robin F. Hendry (Chemistry [2008], 'Ontol')

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science', ed/tr. Psillos,S/Curd,M [Routledge 2010], p.528

A Reaction

I take supervenience to be nothing more than an interesting phenomenon that requires explanation. I suppose Humean Supervenience is a priori metaphysics, since you could hardly explain it.