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Elly Vintiadis and Constantinos Mekios

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198758600.001.0001

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Bruteness and Supervenience

Bruteness and Supervenience

Mind vs. Morality

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(p.45) 4 Bruteness and Supervenience
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Joseph Levine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758600.003.0004

This chapter first presents a framework, one that the author has defended elsewhere (Levine 2001), for understanding the notion of bruteness, its relation to modality, and the way this framework applies to the mind–body problem. Second, the chapter then turns to a problem in meta-ethics and attempts to address this problem within the framework already established. The problem is how to reconcile two views that many philosophers, including the author, are inclined to hold: on the one hand, “robust realism” or “non-naturalism” about the ethical and, on the other, the supervenience of the ethical on the non-ethical. The chapter speculates about how one might reasonably reconcile these two views.

Keywords:   brute, necessity, basic, fundamental, supervenience, ethical non-naturalism, ethical naturalism, normative

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