What does "very notion" mean in this sentence "The second epistemological consequence derives from the very notion of mechanism-independence."?
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Just consider the sentence without "very" first.
The second epistemological consequence derives from the notion of mechanism-independence."
Does this make sense? If not then your issue is not with the "very" and you want to update your question to reflect that, in my opinion.
If it does then this definition of "very" from the oxford dictionaries "very"
Actual; precise (used to emphasize the exact identity of someone or something)
'those were his very words'
'he might be phoning her at this very moment'
This is the adjectival use of 'very'. It can be found in your dictionary.
EDIT in response to request for clarification.
On reading the sentence out loud, the word very signals emphasis on the word notion. Thus
"The second epistemological consequence derives from the very NOTION of mechanism-independence."
In other words, if we merely accept the notion of mechanism-independence then we must perforce accept the second epistemological consequence .
This is the meaning from the Oxford Dictionaries Online
- With no addition of anything else; mere.
That is, it means
The second epistemological consequence derives from the notion of mechanism-independence, with no other assumptions needed.