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Single Idea 6551

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 4. Standard Model / a. Concept of matter]

Full Idea

An object is specifically physical if it figures in explanations and descriptions of features of ordinary non-living matter, as in current physics; it is more generally physical if it is simply located in space-time.

Gist of Idea

'Physical' means either figuring in physics descriptions, or just located in space-time


William Lycan (Consciousness [1987], 8.5)

Book Reference

Lycan,William G.: 'Consciousness' [MIT 1995], p.96

A Reaction

This gives a useful distinction when trying to formulate a 'physicalist' account of the mind, where type-type physicalism says only the 'postulates of physics' can be used, whereas 'naturalism' about the mind uses the more general concept.