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Single Idea 3437

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 5. Physicalism]

Full Idea

Physicalists are fond of saying that physical facts determine all the facts.

Gist of Idea

'Physical facts determine all the facts' is the physicalists' slogan


Jaegwon Kim (Philosophy of Mind [1996], p.232)

Book Reference

Kim,Jaegwon: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Westview 1998], p.232

A Reaction

I totally agree with this slogan. As a view, it seems to me that it is reinforced by essentialism (see the ideas of Brian Ellis), which gives some indication of how facts are physically determined, and why there is no alternative.