15. In Defense of the Mind- Brie Gertler

15. In Defense of the Mind- Brie Gertler - "In Defense...

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“In Defense of the Mind-Body Dualism” Brie Gertler The usual take on dualism – mind is physical. He will argue for naturalistic dualism. 1. Physicalism, Dualism, and the Need for Thought Experiments Identity thesis- every physical state is identical to some type of mental state. (P) = C-fiber stimulation, cant exist without. Identity statements entail that certain type of circumstances are impossible cannot be proved by empirical evidence alone. Even in the best empirical study (without any imperfections), we still couldn’t prove that pain and C-fibers, even in a perfect correlation, that one couldn’t possibly exist without the presence of the other. Thought experiments- thinking of certain situations and reflecting on possible outcomes. Conceiving vs. Imagining (Bachelor vs. blue-orange book). Although thought experiments can go astray, main use is for conceivability tests. 2. The Disembodiment Argument Focus on pain- if can prove exist without C-fibers, then a mental state. One can conceive of pain without the pain, pain can occur in disembodied individual, is not identical to a physical state, and
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