A Physicalist Manifesto: Thoroughly Modern Materialism

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 2003 - Philosophy
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A Physicalist Manifesto is a full treatment 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 a carefully worked-out notion of realization, rather than supervenience; that, so formulated, 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 posteriori epistemic status of a broad-scope scientific hypothesis. Two concluding chapters argue in detail that contemporary science provides no significant empirical evidence against physicalism and some considerable evidence for it. Written in a brisk, candid and exceptionally clear style, this 2003 book should appeal to professionals and students in philosophy of mind, metaphysics and philosophy of science.
 

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Contents

1 Realization Physicalism
6
2 But Why Not Supervenience?
49
3 Realizationism and Rdctnsm
71
4 Causation and Explanation in a Realizationist World
123
5 The Evidence against Realization Physicalism
175
6 The Evidence for Realization Physicalism
238
References
311
Index
323
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