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Ted Honderich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714385.001.0001

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What Is it to Be Objectively Physical?

What Is it to Be Objectively Physical?

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(p.149) 6 What Is it to Be Objectively Physical?
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Actual Consciousness
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Ted Honderich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714385.003.0006

There are different kinds of definitions. We need one of objective physicality, the dominant understanding of the physical in science and philosophy, that is not persuasive, prescriptive, purposive, preoccupied, or otherwise attitudinal. A clarifying and explicit definition has two parts. (1) What is objectively physical has physical characteristics, having to do with science’s inventory, scientific method, space and time, particular lawful connections, categorial lawful connections, ordinary or macrocosmic physical things being perceived, microcosmic and other things related to them, ordinary things being in points of view, resulting differences, primary and secondary properties. (2) As for objective characteristics, these have to do with separateness from consciousness, not being private, not being in anyone’s privileged access, related in a way to truth and logic, scientific method again, no inconsistent metaphysical selves, hesitation about consciousness in the primary ordinary sense having all the above characteristics of the objectively physical.

Keywords:   physicality, objective physical world, physicality and science, space and time, lawfulness, consciousness as separate, privileged access

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