Introduction: The Character of Physicalism

Topoi 37 (3):435-455 (2018)

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Andreas Elpidorou
University of Louisville
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The aim of this editorial introduction is twofold. First, Sects. 1–8 offer a critical introduction to the metaphysical character of physicalism. In those sections, I present and evaluate different ways in which proponents of physicalism have made explicit the metaphysical dependence that is said to hold between the non-physical and the physical. Some of these accounts are found to be problematic; others are shown to be somewhat more promising. In the end, some important lessons are drawn and different options for physicalists are presented. Second, in Sect.9, the six papers that comprise the special issue are introduced and summarized
Keywords physicalism  metaphysics  ontological dependence  grounding  supervenience  realization  materialism
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No Work for a Theory of Grounding.Jessica M. Wilson - 2014 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 57 (5-6):535-579.
Constructing the World.David Chalmers - 2012 - Oxford University Press.

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