CONCEIVING THE IMPOSSIBLE AND THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM

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Philosophy

 

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Taylor W

 

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January 24, 2016

 

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University

 

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But the denial of this contingency should not take the form of a reductionist account of consciousness of the usual type, whereby the logical gap between the mental and the physical is closed by conceptual analysis -- in effect, by analyzing the mental in terms of the physical (however elaborately this is done -- and I count functionalism as such a theory, along with the topic-neutral causal role analyses of mental concepts from which it descends)...
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Opinion is strongly divided on the credibility of some kind of functionalist reductionism, and I wont go through my reasons for being on the antireductionist side of that debate. Despite significannot attempts by a number of philosophers to describe the functional manifestations of conscious mental states, I continue to believe that no purely functionalist characterization of a system entails -- simply in virtue of our mental concepts -- that the system is conscious...
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