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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 Metatheses of Physicalism

The Metatheses of Physicalism

(p.225) 5 The Metatheses of Physicalism

Jeffrey Poland

Oxford University Press

This chapter formulates a number of metatheses concerning the physicalist principles just developed. The importance of framing metatheses lies in the clarification they provide concerning the kind of theses that physicalism involves (for example, a priori or a posteriori, necessary or contingent), the kinds of considerations that are relevant to acceptance or rejection of the theses, the domains to which the theses are supposed to apply, and the ways in which the theses can be used in the conduct of inquiry. They play an important part in gaining an understanding of the significance of the physicalist programme.

Keywords:   physicalism, physicalist doctrine, metatheses, natural order, physicalist programme

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