The Structure and Dynamics Argument against Materialism Revisited
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Andrei Mărăşoiu
University of Bucharest, Romania
Published 2020-10-23
https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.98.12
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Keywords

the structure and dynamics argument
physicalism
dualism
thought-experiments
a priori entailment
explanatory gap
structural truths

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Mărăşoiu A. (2020). The Structure and Dynamics Argument against Materialism Revisited. Problemos, 98, 136-140. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.98.12

Abstract

Alter (2016) elaborates and defends an ambitious argument advanced by Chalmers (2002) against physicalism. As Alter notes, the argument is valid. But I will argue that not all its premises are true. In particular, it is false that all physical truths are purely structural. In denying this, I focus not on the objects of pure physical theory but on the homely, macroscopic objects of our daily lives.

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