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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 (mind) • The mind is a non-physical entity distinct from the brain • There is a connection between rationalism and dualism • Privacy • 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.

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