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Definition of "supervenience" []

  • The state or quality of being supervenient, of being in a dependency relationship such that an object with the supervened properties must also have the supervening properties (noun)

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Use "supervenience" in a sentence
  • "But regardless of how long the notion of supervenience has been around, or who first used the term ˜supervenience™ in its philosophical sense, it is indisputable that Donald Davidson played a key role in bringing the idea to center stage."
  • "Jaegwon Kim (1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993), David Lewis (1983), and others began to examine the notion of supervenience itself, and to explore its usefulness for a wide variety of philosophical purposes."
  • "A somewhat less restrictive view than reductionism is the theory of "supervenience" between levels of scientific description."