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Physicalism : the philosophical foundations

Author: Jeffrey Stephen Poland
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Repr.]View all editions and formats
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Jeffrey Poland presents a systematic and comprehensive exploration of contemporary physicalism - the view that everything is a manifestation of the physical aspects of the universe. He discusses the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Stephen Poland
ISBN: 0198249802 9780198249801
OCLC Number: 717907435
Description: VIII, 384 p. ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1 The problem of formulation: preliminaries; core ideas and values; gratuitous associations; criteria for assessing physicalism. Part 2 Review of past formulations: reductionist approaches; non-reductionist approaches; diagnosis and conclusions. Part 3 Identification of the physical bases: bases for ontology, ideology and doctrine; presupposition 1 - divisions between branches of science; presupposition 2 - determinacy of the bases; presupposition 3 - the privileged status of physics. Part 4 The theses of physicalism: ontological dependence, supervenience and realization; determination of fact and truth; vertical explanation and realization theories. Part 5 The metatheses of physicalism: physicalism and the natural order; "a posteriori" status and its problems; methodological roles and the resolution of conflict; necessity, contingency and physicalist principles. Part 6 Assessment of the physicalist programme: adequate expression of the core ideas and values; challenges to the acceptability of physicalism; prospects for success of the physicalist programme. Part 7 Significance of the physicalist programme: physicalism and philosophy; physicalism and science; physicalism and culture; physicalism and the individual.
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