Oxford University Press UK (2007)

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Sydney Shoemaker
Cornell University
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In Physical Realization, Sydney Shoemaker considers the question of how physicalism can be true: how can all facts about the world, including mental ones, be constituted by facts about the distribution in the world of physical properties? Physicalism requires that the mental properties of a person are 'realized in' the physical properties of that person, and that all instantiations of properties in macroscopic objects are realized in microphysical states of affairs. Shoemaker offers an account of both these sorts of realization, one which allows the realized properties to be causally efficacious. He also explores the implications of this account for a wide range of metaphysical issues, including the nature of persistence through time, the problem of material constitution, the possibility of emergent properties, and the nature of phenomenal consciousness.
Keywords Realism  Materialism  Logical positivism  Causation  Philosophy of mind
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The introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to give an account of property realization and microrealization and the relations between them. Their bearing on a number of central topics in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind are discussed.

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