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PHIL 241 Lecture Summary 1/21 and 1/26

by: Taylor Russell

PHIL 241 Lecture Summary 1/21 and 1/26 PHIL 241

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Date Created: 02/09/16
Lecture Summary 1/21 Mind-Body Problem -mind and brain SEEM to have different properties  Physical Phenomena  Extension (takes up space)  Location, color texture, property  Mental Phenomena  No extension  No measurable property per se Why does this matter?  We know very little  We know more about space and deep sea than the inner workings of a conscious experience  Materialism  then there is no afterlife (Materialism wins)  case survival of mind is in sync with survival of the physical brain  Destruction of the brain would be destruction of the person  Problems  Why do the physical and mental appear to be so different?  What kinds of matter constitutes minds?  Dualism  Problems  At odds with science  How do the mental and physical causally interact  Perks of Dualism  Accounts for the apparent differences that we believe to observe between physical and mental  Possibility for after death scenario... doesn’t entail that there IS life after death but ALLOWS for it  Idealism (this is not a popular “ism” anymore)  Science is horribly mistaken, something completely unexpected may happen  Large claims require large amount of evidence  “if someone claims that you are in the matrix right now, they would need a large amount of evidence to back that statement up” Answers to the 2 nd question of Dualism (How do the mental and physical causally interact?  Interactionism  Physical events causally impact mental events and mental events causally impact physical events  Epiphenomenalism  Physical events causally impact mental events but mental events don’t causally impact physical events  Parallelism  Physical events don’t causally impact mental events and mental events don’t either Problems for dualistic metaphysical interactions  1.How is causal interaction even possible? (poses problem to Interactionism and Epiphenomenalism, but not for parallelism)  2. Causal closure of the domain in which a physical event has entirely physical clauses (violated by interactionism, but not a problem for epiphenomenalism or parallelism) Lecture Summary 1/26 Mind-Body Problem continued Materialism subsets:  Behaviorism  Mental states are identical to dispositions to behave in various ways  Identity Theory  Mental states equal brain states  Functionalism  Mental states translate directly to functional states of the brain  Not behavior states or mental states but functional states  Relies on brains functional structure to explain the mind- body problem  Problems for Materialism subsets  Does not leave room for a life after death  Problems correlating mental with the physical  Perks for Materialism  Agrees with science  No problems that are typically associated with mind-body interactions Descartes Meditations  House is the metaphor for human knowledge  Arguments for dualism (interactionist dualism)  Central avenue is “substance dualism”  Attempted to solve Cartesian skepticism  Descartes mediations was a response to “you do not know that you are dreaming”  that said “God exists, and God wouldn’t deceive us”  this didn’t work  Could not prove that God exists, therefore argument was not sound  Descartes view of substance dualism:  Thinking substance (special feature of the mind is that it thinks)  Extended substance (special extension of physical objects)  Majority of people are substance dualists**  Phenomena that Paul Bloom, a psychologist, was trying to explain  Descartes strengthens Substance Dualism with  Indubitability  Concievability  (See Substance Dualism 1/19 Lecture summary)


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