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9) Perhaps one may have independent reasons for denying that some of these properties supervene on microphysical structure and arrangement.
If -- as most of the accounts on the books have it -- counter factuals supervene on actual history without supervening on any initial segment of it, the chances will turn out to be underminable.
As before, the trouble with this is that the chances at any particular time will have to supervene not just on the global pattern of local matters of fact, but on arbitrarily short initial segments of that pattern.
Setting aside for the moment whether this property is intrinsic or not, the arguments of this paper have demonstrated something important about being conscious: either it is not intrinsic or it is intrinsic yet such that the existence of a conscious person does not supervene on the features of, and interrelations among, that person's constituent atoms.
Goodness, he maintains, is an evaluative property that supervenes on causally efficacious natural properties while being itself noncausal, nonpsychological, and pragmatically pointless; and knowledge of ethics is innate, a priori, and at least as respectable epistemically as knowledge in the sciences.
If the chances supervene on world history, then the actual world history implies T.
Moral properties would supervene upon nonmoral properties and be conceptually autonomous.
To oversimplify a complex line of argument, if the mental does not supervene on the physical, then mental-to-physical causation means that non-physical causes intrude into the physical realm, which no physicalist could accept.
Yet, such mental properties are not epiphenomenal, because they supervene on the facts that explain the relevant bodily movements.
In an effort to provide a theoretical framework within which differing claims about human nature can be addressed in a systematic fashion, Harris (emeritus philosophy, College of William and Mary) introduces the cluster theory of human nature, which posits that human nature is a complex emergent property that supervenes upon the causal nexus that is created by the interactions amongst a cluster of properties.
For centuries, shechita has been practised as it accomplishes what other methods of slaughter attempt, the immediate and irreversible abolition of consciousness until death supervenes.
For me independence is more than political; it has a moral intensity that supervenes the often irrelevant bickerings of some politicians, because I believe that every nation has an inalienable right to govern itself.
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