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October 31, 2007 Change in reading schedule: Not reading D. Dennet “Intentional Systems” 1) Objections to Cartesian Dualism a. Substance dualism: there are two distinct substances; b. These two substances causally interact the mind causally affects the body, and nice versa c. Objection 1 (The Interaction Problem) i. Internally inconsistent (ie: thesis i and ii can’t both be true) ii. We can easily understand how two material things can causally interact, for they are both the same kind of thing iii. All material things are located in space and time and so are governed by all the same natural laws iv. But how can a material things (which is necessarily located in space and time) causally interact with a non material thing (which is necessarily not located in space and time?) v. It appears that they cannot. Certainly, if they can, it is utterly mysteriously how? vi. The mind and body causally interact only if there are not distinct substances.
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