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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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Significance of the Physicalist Programme

Significance of the Physicalist Programme

(p.347) 7 Significance of the Physicalist Programme

Jeffrey Poland

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys aspects of the significance of the physicalist programme for philosophy, science, culture, and the individual. This is a less systematic and less comprehensive discussion than that which preceded it, but it is, none the less, important for gaining some insight into why physicalism matters and for setting the stage for future work. The overall perspective is that physicalism provides a significant framework for effectively integrating facts and values in the pursuit of our deepest and most important cognitive and non-cognitive objectives. It underwrites much activity in philosophy, science, and society. It provides a framework for integrating the many ways in which we understand ourselves and our world, a framework that has significant potential for promoting human well-being.

Keywords:   physicalism, physicalist doctrine, physicalist programme, philosophy, science, culture

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