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[fiz-i-kuh-liz-uh m] /ˈfɪz ɪ kəˌlɪz əm/
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.
Origin of physicalism
1930-35; < German Physikalismus. See physical, -ism
Related forms
physicalist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • As for naturalism and physicalism they are merely forms of materialism.
British Dictionary definitions for physicalism


(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
Derived Forms
physicalist, noun, adjective
physicalistic, adjective
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