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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:33 am 
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For those of you who are current with developments in western philosophy, I'd be interested to know who are the prominent non-physicalists these days, or if it physicalism is completely hegemonic at this point.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:36 am 
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Explain what you mean by physicalism.

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 Post subject: Re: Physicalism
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From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy website:
"Physicalism is the thesis that everything is physical, or as contemporary philosophers sometimes put it, that everything supervenes on, or is necessitated by, the physical."
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/physicalism/

From the University of Waterloo's Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind website:
"physicalism - The view that everything that is real is, in some sense, really physical. See also materialism . . ."
http://philosophy.uwaterloo.ca/MindDict/physicalism.html

So, we seem to be talking about materialism or scientific materialism, etc. here.

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 Post subject: Re: Physicalism
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:54 am 
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Greg wrote:
For those of you who are current with developments in western philosophy, I'd be interested to know who are the prominent non-physicalists these days, or if it physicalism is completely hegemonic at this point.


Raymond Tallis
Henry Stapp
B. Alan Wallace
Mario Beauregard
Marcus J. Borg
Huston Smith
Ken Wilber
David Chalmers

Also see

http://www.thebigview.com/mind/nonlocal.html

http://consc.net/online

http://www.secretbeyondmatter.com/index.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/ ... tanglement

http://www.meta-religion.com/Philosophy ... usness.htm

http://www.jaygaskill.com/Critique.htm

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/science ... -3486.html

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 Post subject: Re: Physicalism
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Greg wrote:
For those of you who are current with developments in western philosophy, I'd be interested to know who are the prominent non-physicalists these days, or if it physicalism is completely hegemonic at this point.


There is no hegemonic view common to contemporary western philosophy - it is by nature so utterly diverse that it is basically impossible to know everything that's going on.

I really don't know what you mean by "non-physicalists" - if you mean "those who metaphysically do not endorse a hard materialism" that would include just about everyone.

Maybe you're referring to realism/anti-realism??

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 Post subject: Re: Physicalism
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Greg wrote:
I'd be interested to know who are the prominent non-physicalists these days.


Define what you mean by "physical" as opposed to "non-physical".


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:38 pm 
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tobes wrote:
Greg wrote:
For those of you who are current with developments in western philosophy, I'd be interested to know who are the prominent non-physicalists these days, or if it physicalism is completely hegemonic at this point.


There is no hegemonic view common to contemporary western philosophy - it is by nature so utterly diverse that it is basically impossible to know everything that's going on.

I really don't know what you mean by "non-physicalists" - if you mean "those who metaphysically do not endorse a hard materialism" that would include just about everyone.

Maybe you're referring to realism/anti-realism??

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I had in mind basically the definition Fu Ri Shin helpfully imported:

Fu Ri Shin wrote:
From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy website:
"Physicalism is the thesis that everything is physical, or as contemporary philosophers sometimes put it, that everything supervenes on, or is necessitated by, the physical."
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/physicalism/



And more specifically I was wondering if there was anyone prominent in philosophy of mind who would disagree with Dennett et al in holding that mind/consciousness entirely supervenes on the brain.


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 Post subject: Re: Physicalism
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:09 pm 
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Sure, there are plenty of people who disagree with Dennett. (caveat: I find Dennett too reductive and hence uninteresting and hence haven't read any of his stuff after Consciousness Explained.)

Among the most prominent now is Slavoj Zizek, whose work is problematic in its own ways.

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