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- Created 2012-02-26
holding that everything which
is no more extensive than its
; that is, that there are no kinds of things other than physical things. The term was coined by
in a series of early twentieth century essays on the subject, in which he wrote:
:"According to physicalism, the language of physics is the universal language of science and, consequently, any knowledge can be brought back to the statements on the physical objects. "
, physicalism is most frequently associated with the
philosophy of mind
, regarding which physicalism holds that all that has been ascribed to "mind" is more correctly ascribed to "brain" or the activity of the brain. Physicalism is also called "
", but the term "physicalism" is preferable because it has evolved with the
s to incorporate far more sophisticated notions of physicality than matter, for example wave/particle relationships and non-material forces produced by particles.
The related position of
says that philosophy and science should at least operate under the assumptions of natural sciences (and thus physicalism). Physicalism is a strong form of
The ontology of physicalism ultimately includes whatever is described by
— not just
, etc. Because it claims that only physical things exist, physicalism is generally a form of ontological
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David Papineau interviewed about Physicalism
The Argument from Physical Minds.
Token and Type physicalism.
Physicalism and Beyond.
St Edmund's College.
Token vs. Type-Identity.
Presentism (philosophy of time)
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