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The Natures of Types and Tokens: On the Metaphysical Commitments of Non-Reductive Physicalism

Raphael van Riel
Published Online: 2014-02-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0014


Non-reductive physicalism has become the dominant view in the philosophy of mind. Some of its metaphysical underpinnings, however, have not been studied in detail yet. The present paper suggests that non-reductive physicalism is committed to a particular view on the connection between the natures of types and the natures of their tokens – thereby defending non-reductive physicalism against an argument recently put forward by Susan Schneider.

Keywords: non-reductive physicalism; type-token; essences; dependence; properties; natural kinds


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Published Online: 2014-02-19

Published in Print: 2014-04-01

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 219–237, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0014.

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