Against Physicalism

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter makes the argument against the theory that all causality is physical causality. Physicalism is set forth as the ontological basis of mental phenomena, disregarding the fact that while a physical event may indeed cause a reaction that produces a mental event, the argument fails to note that not all mental responses arising from that event can be attributed to physics alone. Mental phenomena are caused by social constructs, which can account for attitudes, desires, beliefs, emotions, and so on.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Ontological basis
  • Physical causality
  • Physicalism
  • Physics
  • Social constructs


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