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Single Idea 6976

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 1. Physical Mind]

Full Idea

Physicalism is associated with various asymmetry doctrines, most famously with the idea that the psychological depends in some sense on the physical, and not the other way around.

Gist of Idea

In physicalism, the psychological depends on the physical, not the other way around


Frank Jackson (From Metaphysics to Ethics [1998], Ch.1)

Book Reference

Jackson,Frank: 'From Metaphysics to Ethics' [OUP 2000], p.14

A Reaction

Sounds okay to me. Shadows depend on objects, and not the other way round. It might suggest properties depending on substances (or bare particulars), but I prefer the dependence of processes on mechanisms (waterfalls on liquid water).