[MaFLa] reminder: invitation to a talk on `Hume and Humean Supervenience` by Ferenc Huoranszki - 11 February, 5.30 PM

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Mon Feb 10 09:18:11 CET 2014



The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
by
Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU) 
on
`Hume and Humean Supervenience`

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

ABSTRACT

According to a thesis that David Lewis calls Humean supervenience ‘all
else supervenes on the spatiotemporal arrangement of local qualities
throughout all of history, past and present and future’. Local qualities
are understood as ‘perfectly natural intrinsic properties which need no
bigger than a point at which to be instantiated’. Humean supervenience
aims to express the logically or metaphysically necessary connection
between properties at the ‘fundamental level’ and all other properties,
including objects’ dispositions, powers and sensible qualities. I shall
argue that Humean supervenience so understood is not consistent with
Hume’s own metaphysical outlook; and that this inconsistency is not only
of historical interest: it reveals an essential tension in contemporary
Humean metaphysics.
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