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The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental
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The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental

Robert Kirk


Physicalism entails that truths expressed in non-physical terms are redescriptions of a world specifiable in narrowly physical terms. This book argues that physicalists must therefore hold that the physical truth about the world ‘logico-conceptually’ entails the mental truth, in the sense that it is impossible for broadly logical and conceptual reasons that the former should have been true if the latter had been false. The ‘redescriptive physicalism’ based on these ideas is a fresh approach to the nature of the mental-physical connection, and the book explains why physicalists should endorse i ... More

Keywords: a posteriori physicalism, a priori physicalism, cartesian intuitions, chalmers, functionalism, jackson, logico-conceptual entailment, physicalism, identity thesis, redescription

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Kirk, author
University of Nottingham