PHIL241ReductiveMaterialism.pdf PHIL 241
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Reductive Materialism Mental states= neural states o Pain= c-fiber firing Benefits of Reductive materialism o No interaction problems o No problem of other minds o Flaws?: not obvious ones Arguments o Parsimony Either pain is perfectly correlated with brain processes, or it is identical to brain processes Occam’s razor Therefore pain is identical to certain brain processes o Causal role Pain= the occupant of causal role R Neural state N occupies causal role R Therefore pain= neural state N Objections o Illiteracy/Unknowing I know about my pain, I don’t know about c fibers therefore they are not equal (Leibniz’s Law) o Possibility Its possible that lighting will not turn out to be atmospheric electrical discharge, but that doesn’t completely rule it out o
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