Physical Realization by Sydney Shoemaker

Physical Realization

bySydney Shoemaker

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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 aperson 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 causallyefficacious. 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.

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Sydney Shoemaker is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.
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Title:Physical RealizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Property Realization3. Microrealization4. Functional Properties, Emergent Properties, and Phony Properties5. Metaphysical Applications6. Realization of Qualia7. The Causal Theory of PropertiesReferences