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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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Identification of the Physical Bases

Identification of the Physical Bases

(p.109) 3 Identification of the Physical Bases

Jeffrey Poland

Oxford University Press

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

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