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Physical Realization

Sydney Shoemaker

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199214396
eISBN:
9780191706738
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book addresses the question of how mental properties and other properties not thought of as physical can be instantiated in a world of which physicalism is true. In such a world, the ... More


Functional Properties, Emergent Properties, and Phony Properties

Sydney Shoemaker

in Physical Realization

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199214396
eISBN:
9780191706738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that functional properties are not the only properties that can be realized by other properties, and are not a distinct ontological category of properties. The ‘mixed view’ that ... More


Truth as One and Many

Michael P. Lynch

in Truth as One and Many

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199218738
eISBN:
9780191711794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218738.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

How can we understand truth as both many and one? This chapter supplies an answer: truth is an immanent functional property. This is alethic functionalism. To say that truth is a functional property ... More


Being Near the Ceramic, but not Near the Mug: On the Role of Construal in Spatial Language

SANDEEP PRASADA

in Functional Features in Language and Space: Insights from Perception, Categorization, and Development

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199264339
eISBN:
9780191718519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Construals or conceptions are particular ways of understanding what something is, and, as such, they embody explanatory structures. This chapter presents a theory of the formal explanatory structures ... More


“Actin' Funny, But I Don't Know Why” The Explanatory Gap

Joseph Levine

in Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195132359
eISBN:
9780199833375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195132351.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The problem of the explanatory gap is introduced. First, a survey of various theories of scientific explanation reveals that deductive inference plays a crucial role in explanation. Then it is argued ... More


The Posterior Analytics, and a Fresh Approach to Defining Substance

Frank A. Lewis

in How Aristotle gets by in Metaphysics Zeta

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199664016
eISBN:
9780191748431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664016.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Aristotle’s causal account of substance in Z17 supersedes his attempts at definition in earlier chapters. In constructing the demonstration that explains the event-type, thunder (say), in the ... More


Neurobiology of Nociceptors

Carlos Belmonte and Fernando Cervero (eds)

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198523345
eISBN:
9780191724527
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523345.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

This is a comprehensive review of all aspects of nociceptor function, including the structure of nociceptor endings, their neurochemistry, and evolutionary considerations. It deals with the ... More


Phenomenal Knowledge without Experience

Torin Alter

in The Case for Qualia

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262232661
eISBN:
9780262286497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262232661.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses phenomenal knowledge and how some thinkers, such as Daniel Dennett and Pete Mandik, suggest that it undermines the knowledge argument against physicalism. Phenomenal knowledge ... More


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