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God, physicalism, and the totality of facts

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The paper offers a general critique of physicalism and of one variety of nonphysicalism, arguing that such theses are untenable. By distinguishing between the absolute conception of reality and the causal completeness of physics it shows that the 'explanatory gap' is not merely epistemic but metaphysical. It defends the essential subjectivity and unity of consciousness and its inseparability from a self-conscious autonomous rational and moral being. Casting a favourable light on dualism freed...

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10.1017/S0031819107000137

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy NonPostholders
Journal:
PHILOSOPHY
Volume:
82
Issue:
322
Pages:
515-542
Publication date:
2007-10-05
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EISSN:
1469-817X
ISSN:
0031-8191
URN:
uuid:fc03870f-b7df-4d02-9dc4-831180121156
Source identifiers:
252091
Local pid:
pubs:252091
Language:
English

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