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Physical Realization

Sydney Shoemaker


This book addresses the question of how mental properties and other properties not thought of as physical can be instantiated in a world of which physicalism is true. In such a world, the instantiation of these properties must be ‘realized in’ something physical. One sort of realization is property realization, where the instantiation of the realized property is realized in the instantiation of some physical property — when a property is ‘multiply realized’, different instantiations of it can be realized in different physical properties. The account given of this is the ‘subset account’, which ... More

Keywords: realization, multiple realization, property realization, microphysical realization, subset account, functional property, emergent property, three-dimensionalism, four dimensionalism, qualia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sydney Shoemaker, author
Cornell University
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