On characterizing the physical

@article{Wilson2006OnCT,
  title={On characterizing the physical},
  author={Jessica Marie Wilson},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={131},
  pages={61-99}
}
  • J. Wilson
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • Physics, Philosophy, Education
  • Philosophical Studies
AbstractHow should physical entities be characterized? Physicalists, who have most to do with the notion, usually characterize the physical by reference to two components,1 1. The physical entities are the entities treated by fundamental physics with the proviso that2. Physical entities are not fundamentally mental (that is, do not individually possess or bestow mentality).Here I will explore the extent to which appeals to fundamental physics and to the NFM (no fundamental mentality… 

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