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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 Theses of Physicalism

The Theses of Physicalism

(p.186) 4 The Theses of Physicalism

Jeffrey Poland

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This chapter formulates a set of theses that ultimately aim to satisfy the criteria of assessment set up in Chapter 1. Thus, they must be theses that are sufficient for expressing the core ideas of the physicalist programme while avoiding the pitfalls encountered by other formulations. They must be capable of withstanding the numerous objections launched against the programme by its opponents. And they must fare well in the face of relevant evidence. Consistent with the negative assessment of the formulations considered in Chapter 2, the theses formulated are responsive to physicalist concerns about emergence and explanation.

Keywords:   physicalism, physicalist doctrine, realization, emergence, explanation

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