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    1. Introduction Let us say that a phenomenal quality or concept, as I will use the terms interchangeably, is “a feature of a conscious state that is notable introspectively, ostensively, as that aspect of the state, the way it feels, appears, etc.” (Loar, 81). The knowledge argument objects to physicalism through establishing conscious experiences as having non-physical properties. In “Epiphenomenal Qualia”, Frank Jackson proposes a thought experiment in which a brilliant neuroscientist named Mary is “forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor” (Jackson, 275). Specializing in the neurophysiology of vision, Mary has acquired all physical information regarding the physical and neurological…

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    The idea of the physicalism is that mind must account the subjective character of experience. Describal term of the physicalism is also know as "materialism". According from the author of the " What is it like to be bat?", Thomas Nagel, states that "if mental processes are indeed physical processes, then there is something like intrinsically" . As stated in Nagel's article, if there is something that is like to instantiate convinced physical properties then there is no answer to the question…

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    Smart Identity Theory

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    ID: 3031785238 1. In Smart’s paper Sensations and Brain Processes, he introduces the “identity theory” in which he states that mental states are physical states of the brain. This stems from physicalism, the idea that mind is the interior cause of behavior and mental states are biochemical processes in the brain.1 Smart would consider identity statements, such as “pain is the firing of C-fibers” as contingently true. Smart argues that the statement “pain is the firing of C-fibers” is…

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    Cartesian Dualism Essay

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    For it appears to be focused on the farfetched claim that all animals who trust that grass is green have one physical property in like manner—the property which is indistinguishable to the conviction that grass is green. Therefore (and others) a few physicalists receive a weaker variant of physicalism, which does not have this outcome. This adaptation of physicalism holds that every single specific question and occasions are physical yet permits that there are mental properties, which are not…

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    Physicalism Body

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    Physicalism and the Body-Mind Question In the philosophical realm, physicalism is the position that everything that is in existence is no more extensive than its physical properties and the only existing substance is a physical one; or everything supervenes on the physical (everything that is tangible is ultimately something physical). From a human perspective, it is the theory that self is indistinguishable from, “or the product of, the activities of the physical body or brain and there is no…

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    David Lewis defended the Ability Hypothesis in an effort to prove physicalism is true in his 1988 paper titled What Experience Teaches. In this article, Lewis argues against the second premise of the Knowledge Argument. “The Ability Hypothesis says that knowing what an experience is like just is the possession of these abilities to remember, imagine, and recognize. It isn’t the possession of any kind of information, ordinary or peculiar. It isn’t knowing that certain possibilities aren’t…

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    physicalist theories cannot support epistemological and religious endeavours because the human mind is reduced to a brain element that only functions to help maintain biological wellbeing. Nevertheless, substance dualism is not effective in so far as it is the only theory used to explain the relationship between mental and physical phenomenon because it relies heavily on brute truths to explain causality. On the contrary however, pure physicalist positions are more effective since physical…

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    Identity Of Physicalism

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    Identity of Physicalism Physicalism has many forms and lens to look through. Physicalism believes the mind is part of the body and nothing else. Physicalist believe in the facts of science and that everything can be explained, even the mind with science. In this, the singular philosophical belief of identity will be explored through science and the simplicity of understanding of the brain. With science behind physicalism that simplifies the mind and the world down to an atomic level.…

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    Section 1.2 The alternative: physicalism The idea that everything is physical is not always obvious; what reasons do we have to believe that everything in the natural world is made from physical things? And what do we mean by physicalism? Let us answer the second question, and then prepare the way to answer the first question. Papineau (1993) suggests that physicalism is “the thesis that all natural phenomena are, in a sense to be made precise, physical” (Papineau, 1993, p. 1). Natural…

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    Dualism Vs Physicalism

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    The view of physicalism gives a stronger and more plausible answer to the mind-body problem. There are several reasons why this particular view gives a more sensible for answer to the problem at hand. These reasons include the rationale behind the reasoning of brain research, how the different aspects of reductive physicalism is able to address the non-physical aspects of the mind, as well as the less than sensible claims that the opposing view, dualism, presents in comparison. One of the main…

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