Physicalism

[Revised entry by Daniel Stoljar on January 5, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Physicalism is the thesis that everything is physical, or as contemporary philosophers sometimes put it,
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[Revised entry by Daniel Stoljar on January 5, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Physicalism is the thesis that everything is physical, or as contemporary philosophers sometimes put it, that everything supervenes on, or is necessitated by, the physical. The thesis is usually intended as a metaphysical thesis, parallel to the thesis attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Thales, that everything is water, or the idealism of the 18th Century philosopher Berkeley, that everything is mental. The general idea is that the nature of the actual world (i.e. the universe and everything in it) conforms to a certain condition, the condition of being physical. Of course, physicalists...

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