The Argument against Physicalism

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Argument against Physicalism

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According to physicalism, everything is physical in some sense. It argues that the fundamental physical facts are the only fundamental facts. However, the author opposes such fact and states that a purely physical world could not contain facts of experience. This chapter demonstrates a working analysis of physical facts which aims to provide evidences that phenomenal facts are of a type that cannot be entailed, either a priori or a posteriori, by the physical facts. Also illustrated in this chapter is a kind of cellular automaton that evolves on a two-dimensional grid called Life. The author uses this Life world in his example and in his defensive argument against physicalism.

Keywords: physicalism; physical facts; facts of experience; phenomenal facts; two-dimensional grid; cellular automaton; Life

Chapter.  8124 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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