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The Problem of Formulation

Jeffrey Poland

in Physicalism

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198249801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198249801.003.0002
The Problem of Formulation

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This chapter identifies the fundamental ideas and motivations that fuel the physicalist's thinking and that guides subsequent efforts at properly formulating physicalist theses. It begins by stating what are the core ideas and values of physicalism. It then explicitly identifies a number of ‘gratuitous associations’ to the physicalist programme: that is, ideas and values which are not essential aspects of the programme even if they might have been, at some time or another, associated with it. Finally, the chapter codifies much of the discussion in the form of criteria of assessment which are employed in later chapters for assessing the book's own and other formulations of physicalist doctrine.

Keywords: physicalism; physicalist doctrine; unified system of knowledge; gratuitous associations

Chapter.  13711 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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