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Sydney Shoemaker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.001.0001

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Microrealization

Microrealization

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(p.32) 3 Microrealization
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Physical Realization
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Sydney Shoemaker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.003.0003

If physicalism is true, all property instances must be realized in microphysical states of affairs. Microphysical states of affairs will fall into types having causal profiles, and when a property instance is realized by a microphysical state of affairs, there will be an isomorphism between the causal profile of the property and that of a type to which the microphysical state of affairs belongs. Corresponding to every type of microphysical state of affairs realizer there will be a property — an MSE property — that something has, just in case its career embeds such a state of affairs. So every case of microphysical realization will be a case of property instantiation in which the realizer is an MSE property. Instantiations of higher-order properties will have microphysical realizers that are parts of the microphysical realizers of instantiations of the lower-order properties, that are their property realizers.

Keywords:   physicalism, microphysical state of affairs, causal profile, MSE-property, higher-order property

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