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From Metaphysics to EthicsA Defence of Conceptual Analysis$
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Frank Jackson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250614.001.0001

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Serious Metaphysics and Supervenience

Serious Metaphysics and Supervenience

(p.1) Chapter 1 Serious Metaphysics and Supervenience
From Metaphysics to Ethics

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Serious metaphysics is the business of giving an account of what our world is like, which is much more than a shopping list. A famous example is physicalism, the doctrine that our world is a huge aggregation of items that are purely physical or physical without remainder. This chapter uses physicalism to explore what such a claim comes to in terms of supervenience; how it leads to a necessitation doctrine; and how it raises the location problem—the problem of locating an item described in non‐physical terms in the physical account offered by physicalism.

Keywords:   location problem, metaphysics, physicalism, supervenience

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