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n. Philosophy
The doctrine that all that exists is ultimately physical.

phys′i·cal·ist n.
phys′i·cal·is′tic adj.
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(Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that all phenomena can be described in terms of space and time and that all meaningful statements are either analytic, as in logic and mathematics, or can be reduced to empirically verifiable assertions. See also logical positivism, identity theory
ˈphysicalist n, adj
ˌphysicalˈistic adj
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a doctrine associated with logical positivism and holding that every meaningful statement, other than the necessary statements of logic and mathematics, must refer directly or indirectly to observable properties of spatiotemporal things or events.
[1930–35; < German Physikalismus. See physical, -ism]
phys′i•cal•ist, n.
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a doctrine, related to logical positivism, that all meaningful statements, with the exception of necessary statements of logic and mathematics, must relate either directly or indirectly to observable properties of the temporal. — physicalist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.physicalism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
dialectical materialism - the materialistic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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This antagonism between physicalism and anti-physicalism has assumed different forms throughout the centuries, being a constant feature of Western thought, and remains alive in contemporary debates (7-8).
Philosophical naturalism (sometimes called physicalism or materialism) does not simply misunderstand the concept of God; it also fails to grasp the reality and significance of those dimensions of human experience that most obviously point beyond the limits of nature.
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I won't rehearse Rayo's examples, but you can imagine how standard arguments for and against, say, physicalism (regimented as a 'just is' statement) might be massaged to fit this cost/benefit mold.

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