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NOTES -Philosophical Behaviorism : having a mind consists in the exhibiting of overt behavior or the possession of dispositions to exhibit such behavior. (Same goes for having a belief, a desire, an intention, a pain, etc.) -Pain doesn’t equal some private inner episode of the soul that somehow mysteriously causes the body of a person to moan, wince, or say “ouch!” Pain = a person’s moaning, wincing, or saying “ouch!” or a person’s disposition to moan, wince, or say “ouch!” -To say that the mind is any kind of thing is to commit a category mistake. Rather, mental states just are engaging in, or being disposed to engage in, a certain kind of behavior. -Gilbert Ryle and his objections to Cartesian Dualism: Cartesian Dualism and the interaction problem for it rests on a category mistake
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Unformatted text preview: (whenever one kind of thing or fad is presented as belonging to another kind)-Cartesian Dualism: 1. substance dualism: there are 2 distinct substances mind and material. 2. mind substance and material substance causally interact. Mind affects the body and vice versa-Interaction Problem (objection 1 to Cartesian Dualism): Thesis 1 and 2 cant be true. They causally interact b/c they are the same thing. All material things occupy space and time. If a non-material thing and a material thing interact. . how do they do it? Having a mind is shown through instinctive and reactive behaviors, or the way it is in our nature to react Similar example to the pain example: Cry if your parent dies. Laugh/smile if youre happy...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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