Eliminative materialism

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  • Common Arguments Against Eliminative Materialism

    As discussed, there are a number of common arguments against the eliminative materialism’s claim. In this section, I will highlight and review a number of reasonable objections to eliminativism, such as the Commonsense Objections to eliminative materialism, which suggests that it is completely absurd or self-refuting. I will conclude that many of the arguments set forth by Eliminative Materialism, are not really convincing and that eliminativism needs to do more than simply show that FP is largely wrong. COMMON -SENSE OBJECTIONS 1. EM is completely absurd! - According to behaviourist, our everyday speech could be true: e.g., John smashed the computer because he was angry. The behaviourist may say that there is nothing wrong with this sentence;…

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  • Eliminative Materialism In Folk Psychology

    Eliminative materialism is the view that in order to recognize and describe what exists in the world, it is necessary to eliminate anything mental, such as the mind, mental states and mental properties. In addition, eliminative materialism stresses on the assumption that folk psychology is an outdated theory that must be eliminated, as behaviours are neurological processes and not caused by mental states. In this paper, I will be criticizing eliminative materialism by explaining the importance…

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  • Behaviourism And Functionalism

    validity of a functionalist’s ontology. As a result, the concept of eliminative materialism must be brought to attention. Before eliminative materialism is further discussed, however, please note the term “folk psychology” should be defined as the popular common thought among a certain people. An eliminative materialist would claim folk psychology to be “an incomplete representation of our inner natures, it is an outright misrepresentation of our internal states” (339). Historically, our common…

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  • Essay On Consciousness

    analyse and describe a complex phenomenon it must be reduced to its fundamental constituents. For example, how Biology can for the most part be explained through physics and chemistry, and chemistry to physics, etc. It is through this that the argument of consciousness being an emergent phenomenon arises. Economist Jeffrey Goldstein theorised emergent phenomena as “the arising novel and coherent structures, patterns, and properties during the process of self-organisation in complex systems”…

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  • Functionalism: A Philosophical Analysis

    even though the mind and body are not made of the same substance, the material or physical (the brain for example), causes the immaterial (thinking). David Chalmers was the major proponent for this theory. The alternative view to the body-mind problem is known as the Monistic Materialistic view. This argument is the opposite of the dualistic view. It basically states that the body and the mind are made of one substance. Monism is a view that is agreed upon by physicalist and idealists, since…

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  • The Breakfast Club Problem Of Identity

    physicalism, dualism, and idealism. Of these three theories, I agree the most with physicalism. Physicalism states that physical states are more important than mental states. This theory suggest that people’s physical states can explain their mental states. Rauhut describes the relationship of Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry would not exist if Mark Twain never imagined him. This is true for any fictional character, whether it be Harry Potter or Goldilocks. All fictional characters…

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  • What Is The Theme Of America By Tony Hoagland

    stabbed by his son while gushing out hundred dollar bills. The father exclaims “Thank god—those Ben Franklins were / Clogging up my heart” in order to communicate to his son that his greed and materialism has lead him to an unfulfilled life and if the teacher takes the same road he too will lead an unfulfilling life. This dream of his father widens our perspective as we now have insight on three different generations rather than just the teacher’s and student’s generations. Seeing that the…

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  • Emma Goldman's Interpretation Of Human Nature In Anarchism

    In Anarchism: What It Really Stands For, Emma Goldman states: “Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature”. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, two of the most influential modern philosophers, presumed to speak authoritatively on human nature. They presumed so much so, that each of the philosophers dedicated the bulk of a novel to discussing their interpretation of human nature. In fact,…

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  • Kasser's Relationship Between Pursuing Wealth And Happiness

    In fact, those who pursue wealth -- even if they do so successfully -- are generally less happy than those who do not pursue wealth. What is the cause and effect relationship between pursuing wealth and unhappiness? Interestingly, it is not materialism which causes unhappiness directly, but that unhappiness and materialism are mutually reinforcing mechanisms. He notes that people who have experienced true deprivation are those who, later in life, are the most materialistic -- for example,…

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  • Materialism And Dualism: The Mind-Body Problem

    Materialism states that nothing exists aside from matter, defined as something that occupies physical space and has mass. Materialism argues that the mind cannot exist as an immaterial object, because nothing immaterial exists, thus the “mind” is really the physical brain, and the apparent “consciousness” is just the brain undergoing physical reactions to produce mental states such as processing emotions, problem solving, and visualization, things a Dualist would categorize as the “mind”. A…

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