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Unformatted text preview: 11-4-09 Philosophy Notes
Page 1 Washburn:
Pages 421-431 (“Is experience the source of all knowledge?”)
Pages 320 - 331 (“Is the mind nothing but the brain?”) Materialism
The world is a physical world, and nothing but a physical world
Everything is physical (made of matter)
There are no souls, spirits, minds, or Gods that are non-physical
Tend to believe that the mind is the brain
The brain is the mind.
Brain is a mass of never tissue inside your skull.
The soul and mind are excluded if you are a strict materialist
the first thing a materialist wants you to realize, is that the brain is clearly a physical organ (it is a mass of matter).
But then what is the mind? That is a hard question to answer
But we can answer the question “what does the mind do”?
What about emotions? Do they have a physical basis?
When the brain is damaged the mind, soul, spirit is damaged.
There is a connection between empiricism and materialism 11-4-09 Philosophy Notes
Page 2 Dualism
• There are 2 types of things in the universe: physical (matter) and non-physical
• The mind is a non-physical entity distinct from the brain
• There is a connection between rationalism and dualism
• The mind/consciousness is intrinsically private (it cannot be viewed from a 3rd
person perspective) ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHIL 120 taught by Professor Michelman during the Fall '09 term at Wofford.
- Fall '09