Review of Past Formulations

Jeffrey Poland

in Physicalism

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198249801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681202 | DOI:
Review of Past Formulations

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This chapter reviews the most prominent recent formulations of physicalist doctrine to determine how well they fare relative to the criteria of adequacy set out in Chapter 1. It argues that every such formulation fails in one or another crucial respect. In particular, most recent formulations fail to properly address physicalist concerns about emergence and explanation. The purpose of the chapter, however, is ultimately constructive. It aims to clarify further the various constraints and obstacles to which any adequate and acceptable formulation of physicalism must be responsive.

Keywords: physicalism; physicalist doctrine; unified system of knowledge; reductionist approaches; no-reductionist approaches

Chapter.  25165 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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