Philosophy of the Mind

Philosophy of the Mind - Eliminative Materialism Arguments...

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Eliminative Materialism Arguments for Eliminative Materialism: 1. The explanatory and predictive failures of folk psychology Eg – sleep, learning, memory, or mental illness Eliminative Materialism could explain these, when neuroscience advances 2. Why should early psychology be accurate when early theories of motion, structure and astronomy were all confused? 3. What is required for reduction is very demanding, so the eliminativist has an advantage until the evidence is gathered The burden of proof is on folk psychology Arguments against Eliminative Materialism: 1. Introspection reveals the existence of pains, beliefs, desires, fears, etc. This begs the question People in the past would have claimed that it is obvious that the sun moves around the earth, because we can see it 2. It can only claim that mental states exist against a backdrop of beliefs, intentions and knowledge of language. If it is true, then the theory becomes meaningless This is not a problem with the theory, only a problem with the
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This note was uploaded on 08/19/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Scott during the Spring '08 term at University of Victoria.

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Philosophy of the Mind - Eliminative Materialism Arguments...

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