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Philosophy 11-2

Philosophy 11-2 - Philosophy Philosophical Behaviorism...

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Philosophy 11/2/07 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.) Behaviorists’ on Pain o 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!” o Pain = a person’s moaning, wincing, or saying “ouch!” or a person’s disposition to moan, wince, or say “ouch!” Objections to Behaviorism Objection 1: Consider a possible world that is exactly like ours in respect to the behavior of individuals, except that the majority of individuals at that possible world are brainless automatons whose behavior is controlled by some team of intelligent scientists. o So, my behavioral twin at this possible world exhibits all the same overt behavior and has all the same dispositions to behave.
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