Asked • 05/14/19

What does "physical" mean to philosophers?

A childish question (literally) - My 8 year old asked me this morning: "Dad, what does 'physical' mean?" - and I found myself at loss for an ordinary language answer. Every answer I could come up with ended up sounding like a definition of empiricism: "physical things are those things that can be observed", "physical means something that can be measured", "whatever can be verified and tested", etc.... Claiming that things that are physical are those things which are material or things that are described by physics seems circular.

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Andrew G. answered • 12/16/21

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