Possible Objections to the Inference to the Best Explanation Approach

Possible Objections to the Inference to the Best Explanation Approach

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Unformatted text preview: Possible Objections to the Inference to the Best Explanation Approach There are three main reasons, I think, why one might doubt whether the inference to the best explanation approach provides the dualist with a completely satisfactory account of the justification of one's beliefs about other minds. Difficulty 1: Machines and Paralyzed Persons The inference to the best explanation approach, at least as set out above, considers only the behavior of the organisms in question. Suppose, then, that it turns out that some of the organisms around one, which one has always taken to be humans, are not humans but robots. If the justification for believing in other minds is that the hypothesis of other minds provides the best available explanation of the complex behavior of organisms, then given that the behavior of the robots would be indistinguishable from that of genuine humans, wouldn't one be forced to conclude that it was just as reasonable to attribute minds to the robots as to humans and other...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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