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The Mystery of the Physical

Peter Unger

in All the Power in the World

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195155617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195155617.003.0001
The Mystery of the Physical

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For more than five decades, nearly all work by mainstream philosophers made no serious attempt to explore the nature of physical reality, even though most of them now take this to be all, or nearly all, of reality. While we have worried much about the nature of our own experiences and thoughts and words, we have worried little about the nature of the vast physical world that, as we ourselves believe, has them all as only a small part. This book sketches the metaphysical worldview that, for many years now and with no letup anywhere in sight, has been the dominant metaphysic of academic philosophy. It coins the naming phrase “The Scientifically Metaphysic” and the equivalent single word Scientiphicalism. The book also describes the so-called denial of qualities and discusses three categories of basic natural property of whatever entities, or entity, might constitute physical reality: spatial, propensities, and qualities.

Keywords: denial of qualities; Scientiphicalism; Scientifically Metaphysic; philosophy; physical reality; spatial; propensities; qualities

Chapter.  14738 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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