Eric Hiddleston

Eric Hiddleston, my successor-but-one as the Sutton Faculty Fellow at Syracuse, and of course a recent grad of my employer-to-be has a papers page up with many, many papers on metaphysics.

I’m a little surprised that he regards Humean supervenience as the current metaphysical orthodoxy. I’m a Humean superveniencian, more or less, but I don’t feel like I’m on the majority side of many metaphysical debates. I certainly don’t think I’m going to feel like I’m in the majority at Cornell, but really anywhere outside New Jersey or Australia Humean supervenience has to struggle to retain its position.

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  1. I know John Hawthorne (as one of its detractors) considers Humean supervenience the orthodox view, but then he thinks of David Lewis sans modal realism as orthodoxy, at least on metaphysical issues (and epistemology seems to be moving in his direction overall, at least among younger philosophers). I was under the impression that you had a similar view about this, but I guess not.

    I wonder if there’s more of a tendency to view a view you disagree with as the orthodox view simply out of something like a persecution complex at finding a lot of people who disagree with you. I’m not saying that’s what John and Eric are doing when they say this, but I wonder if something like it might be going on when we describe certain views as the predominant ones among most philosophers.

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