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Nov. 16 Dear Vincenzo,

Briefly: (a) most biologists are materialists/physicalists.  If materialism/physicalism breaks down, why are they still committed to it? (b) Nagel, whose work on theoretical reductionism I know, has been criticized, but not on grounds that bear on materialism/physicalism.   He seeks to reduce one physical science to another–better, to specify the conditions for successful reduction. (c) physicalism...

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