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A Physicalist Manifesto: Thoroughly Modern Materialism / Edition 1

A Physicalist Manifesto: Thoroughly Modern Materialism / Edition 1

by Andrew Melnyk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521827116

ISBN-13: 9780521827119

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

  • Provides the fullest formulation of a comprehensive physicalist view to date
  • Evaluates the empirical standing of physicalism in unprecedented detail
  • Self-contained and thesis-driven discussions, accessible to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, make it an ideal seminar text A Physicalist Manifesto is the fullest yet of the comprehensive
  • Overview

  • Provides the fullest formulation of a comprehensive physicalist view to date
  • Evaluates the empirical standing of physicalism in unprecedented detail
  • Self-contained and thesis-driven discussions, accessible to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, make it an ideal seminar text A Physicalist Manifesto is the fullest yet of the comprehensive physicalist view that, in some important sense, everything is physical. Andrew Melnyk argues that the view is best formulated by appeal to carefully worked-out notion of realization, rather than supervenience; that, so forumlated, physicalism must be importantly reductionist; that it need not repudiate causal and explanatory claims framed in non-physical language; and that it has the a posterior epistemic status of a broad-scope scientific hypothesis. Two concluding chapters argue in inprecedented detail that contemporary science provides no significant empirical evidence against physicalism and some considerable evidence for it. Written in brisk, candid and exceptionally clear style, this book should appeal to professionals and students in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of science.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780521827119
    Publisher:
    Cambridge University Press
    Publication date:
    10/31/2003
    Series:
    Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
    Pages:
    344
    Product dimensions:
    5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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    Table of Contents

    Preface; Introduction; 1. Realization physicalism; 2. But why not supervenience?; 3. Realizationism and r*d*ct**n*sm; 4. Causation and explanation in a realizationist world; 5. The evidence against realization physicalism; 6. The evidence for realization physicalism; References; Index.

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