Logical Behaviourism.edited.docx - 1 Logical Behaviorism Three Objections I Introduction Logical behaviorism refers to the theory of mind which proposes

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1 Logical Behaviorism: Three Objections I. Introduction Logical behaviorism refers to the theory of mind which proposes that mental concepts can be explained and perceived through behavioral concepts 1 . In other words, it is a family of arguments which can be used to analyze psychological concepts in terms of concepts that relate to the body, particularly, the concept of behavior. According to the theory, mental states are behavioral dispositions. Besides, creatures that have bodies can exhibit the behavior. Therefore, the mind without the body is inconceivable. II. LOGICAL BEHAVIORISM OBJECTIONS However, the objection is that the mind without the body is conceivable. According to the logical behaviorism provision of correct analysis of mental concepts, it is inconceivable to have the mind without the body. This is because the mind is not a thing since it does not exist similarly as bodies. If a person thinks like this, it would be termed as a categorical mistake, which is misconceptions. As such, creatures that behave in specific ways possess mental states. 2 Given such arguments, if people can prove that souls can exist without the body, then the logical behaviorism must be false. Some people believe that the mind without the bod is conceivable. However, this is illogical because the mind, which is the soul is only existent if the body is present. 1 Sober, Elliott. (2013). Core Questions In Philosophy. New York: Pearson, 2013, p. 178 2 Sober, Elliott. "Mentalism and behaviourism in comparative psychology." P.136
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2 This follows that nature of man's creation in which the body, made of dust, and the breath of life from God are combined to form a living soul (other translations call it living mind). This is also reasonable if we consider the writings of King Solomon in which he emphasizes that “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward…” 3 This is because when a person dies, “the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it 4 .” In other words, the mind stops existing when the body is destroyed.
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