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Identification of the Physical Bases

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/9780198249801.003.0004
Identification of the Physical Bases

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This chapter is devoted to the identification of the physical bases of the physicalist system. It critically reviews a number of past, failed, strategies for characterizing the bases, and suggests a set of constraints upon any viable approach to this problem. Hence, the way is paved for the development of a more effective strategy. It also identifies and assesses a set of presuppositions of any significant formulation of physicalist theses. Such presuppositions exist because the content of physicalist claims depends upon there being a principled and determinate set of physical bases of the right sort to warrant privileged status in a physicalist system and the existence of such bases depends upon the truth of the presuppositions.

Keywords: physicalism; physicalist doctrine; physicalist system; physics

Chapter.  31045 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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