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Physicalism: The Philosophical Foundations

Jeffrey Poland


Physicalism is a programme for building a unified system of knowledge based on the view that everything is a manifestation of the physical aspects of existence. This book presents an exploration of the philosophical foundations of this programme. It investigates the core ideas, motivating values, and presuppositions of physicalism; the constraints upon an adequate formulation of physicalist doctrine; and the epistemological and modal status, the scope, and the methodological roles of physicalist principles. The book reviews and evaluates major objections to the programme, and considers its sig ... More

Keywords: unified system of knowledge, existence, physicalist doctrine, physicalist principles, non-reductive, realism, empiricism, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198249801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198249801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Poland, author
University of Nebraska