Matthew Ferguson: PAMLA 2014 Paper: Philosophically Defining the Supernatural

From Ferguson’s website:

Yesterday I presented a conference paper at the 112th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA). The conference theme for this year was “Familiar Spirits,” and I presented a paper titled “Philosophically Defining the Supernatural.” The topic relates to previous articles that I have written, both here in my blog series on metaphysical naturalism and in an earlier article here.

The paper that I presented yesterday represents my most up-to-date view on how to metaphysically define “supernatural” phenomena in opposition to “natural” phenomena. I discuss five areas of metaphysical distinction between the two:

* Physicality

* Uniformity

* Open vs. Closed Causality

* Mental Objects & Properties

* Teleology


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