Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Authors' Response

The cognitive and behavioral sciences: Real patterns, real unity, real causes, but no supervenience

Don Ross a1 and David Spurrett a2
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-1260; School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
a2 School of Philosophy and Ethics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa


Our response amplifies our case for scientific realism and the unity of science and clarifies our commitments to scientific unity, nonreductionism, behaviorism, and our rejection of talk of “emergence.” We acknowledge support from commentators for our view of physics and, responding to pressure and suggestions from commentators, deny the generality supervenience and explain what this involves. We close by reflecting on the relationship between philosophy and science.