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Sydney Shoemaker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.001.0001

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Property Realization

Property Realization

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Physical Realization

Sydney Shoemaker (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses what it is for two properties to be such that instantiations of the one realize instantiations of the other — as it might be, instances of C-fiber firing realize instances of pain. The account offered is the subset account, the main part of which says that P is realized by Q if certain subset relations hold between the causal feature of P and those of Q. It is essential to the account that realized properties have causal efficacy in their own right. A distinction is drawn between the core-realizer of a property instance and its total realizer. An extension of the account allows a property of one thing (e.g., a person's body) to be a realizer of a property of a different thing coincident with it (the person).

Keywords:   subset account, causal feature, core-realizer, total realizer, coincidence

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