Argument 5 - Argument 5: The Problem of the Relation...

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Argument 5: The Problem of the Relation between Mind and Body: Epiphenomalism, Interactionism, or a Pre-established Harmony? A second, important objection that David Armstrong sets out in his book A Materialist Theory of Mind focuses upon the following question: What causal connections, if any, are there between one's mind and one's body? According to the pre-established harmony view, there are none at all. What one has is the illusion of causal connections - an illusion generated by the fact that the mental and the physical started out in step, and then have remained in step as each changes in accordance with laws that hold within each realm. But this view is surely implausible. For it requires that there be causal laws linking physical events only to physical events, and mental events only to mental events, and while the former poses no problem - the laws in question are just those discovered by physics - there do not appear to be any laws linking mental events just to mental events: regardless of what experiences one has had at one time, one may have no experiences at all at some later time, due to injury to one's brain. One is left, then, with the choice between epiphenomenalism and interactionism, and
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