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Volume 47 • Number 3

July 2010



 

 

How Far Can Physical Sciences Reach?


by Robert Schroer


To put it bluntly, Physicalism is the thesis that everything that exists is physical. Although Physicalism enjoys a great deal of popularity, two widely accepted theses,

(1) the physical sciences only tell us about the dispositional properties of the objects they study, and

(2) dispositional properties depend upon categorical properties, seem to guarantee that, under some sense of the word, the physical sciences are fated to give us an "incomplete" picture of what exists.

In what follows, this challenge to Physicalism will be referred to as "the challenge of categorical properties."


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