The Understanding

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The Understanding-Sensation-Terms Argument This final argument is essentially just the sort of argument advanced by Frank Jackson that was discussed earlier. Thus, if one considers the case of Mary whose visual experiences are all of the black and white variety, she is able to have a complete understanding of the behavioral dispositions of those who have experiences of the red variety. If analytical behaviorism provided a correct account of the meaning of sensation terms, it would follow that Mary was capable of acquiring an understanding of what is meant by an expression such as "experience of the red variety". But it seems, on the contrary, that Mary cannot acquire an understanding of the meaning of such an expression, simply on the basis of her knowledge of the behavioral dispositions hat may be associated with someone who is having an experience of the red variety. So a behaviorist analysis of sensation-terms cannot be correct.
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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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