Evidentialism and the Regress Argument

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Evidentialism and the Regress  Argument 23 January 2008
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Kinds of properties Evaluative:  – Goodness – Niceness – Being an A paper – Being justified Descriptive: – Contributing to  happiness – Giving up a seat on the  train – Having a well-supported  thesis – Being supported on the  basis of evidence
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Supervenience thesis • Definition of (weak) supervenience relation  (from Kim 1984): (let A and B be families of properties) A weakly supervenes on B if and only if  necessarily for any property  F  in A, if an  object  x  has  F , then there exists a property  G   in B such that x has  G , and if any  y  has  G  it  has  F
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Example • St. Francis has the moral property of  being a  good person • This supervenes on his non-moral properties  of honesty and benevolence • Anyone with those qualities will also be a  good person • Socrates has the property of  being a good  person , but this supervenes in his case on  courage and honesty
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