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PhysicalismThe Philosophical Foundations$
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Jeffrey Poland

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198249801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198249801.001.0001

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The Problem of Formulation

The Problem of Formulation

(p.10) 1 The Problem of Formulation

Jeffrey Poland

Oxford University Press

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

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