Philosophy of Mind Theories

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“Where Is My Mind?” PHIL 2010: Introduction to Philosophy Dr. J.N. Berry THE BIG QUESTION : DO YOU BELIEVE THE MIND CAN BE SEPARATED FROM THE BODY? If YES, then you’re a DUALIST. Good luck with that (philosophically, that is)! If NO, then you might be a… FUNCTIONALIST You think that mental events or states (like ‘belief’ or ‘pain’) are best described as ‘functional states’ of the organism. So, a ‘belief’ is just a thing that plays a certain causal role in the life of an organism. Radical BEHAVIORIST You think there is nothing going on in anyone’s “head”; that is to say, behavior does not have mental causes. Behavior is just a response to environmental stimuli. Logical BEHAVIORIST You don’t claim to know what’s going on in anyone’s “head.” You just
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Unformatted text preview: have a certain way of defining terms like ‘belief’; a ‘belief’ is nothing more than a disposition to behave in a certain way. IDENTITY THEORIST You think that the ‘mind’ is just the physical brain. A mental ‘event’, like having a belief or perceptual experience is just a particular neurological state of the brain. PARTIAL FUNCTIONALIST You think that mental events or states (like ‘belief’ or ‘pain’) are best described as ‘functional states’ of the organism, except when they have “qualitative content.” In that case, they’re identical with neuro-physiological states. Note that the non-dualist theories are arranged roughly chronologically, from left to right. Functionalism (or some version of it) is now probably the most widely-accepted theory....
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