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What are the problems with the argument for dualism about mind from immateriality of thoughts?

I have started studying philosophy of mind and I am currently reading an introduction to the field. The first topic that is presented in the book is dualism of the Cartesian brand, and the case for it ...
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What is the difference between functionalism and property dualism?

Functionalism and property dualism are both physicalist theories of the mind in that they don't admit any substances other than physical substance. Property dualism holds that mental states are ...
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What are some good books about the philosophy of mind?

I took a class covering some problems of philosophy of mind last term; On free will and mental causation. And I'm reading Kim's philosophy of mind But since my professor was taught by Kim, I want to ...
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is communism a religion?

In Arendts What is Authority she writes: A convenient instance may be provided by the widespread conviction in the free world today that communism is a 'new religion'; notwithstanding its avowed ...
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How does Putnam's twin earth disprove functionalism?

In the twin Earth thought experiment Putnam determines that meanings are not in the head. Later interpretations, by himself and by others, take it to falsify functionalism. It seems to me that the ...
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How does functionalism solve the mind-body problem?

I can see how dualism and physicalism addresses the mind-body problem, but I don't quite get how functionalism attempts to solve the mind-body problem. Functionalism is just the thesis that mental ...
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If a brain in a vat never received any sensory input, could it still develop a consciousness? What would a functionalist say?

First of all, I'm not knowledgeable of philosophy by any means (engineering student). However, I was wondering if from a philosophical point of view we could reason about what might happen to a brain ...
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Argument against conscious Turing machines?

Imagine a non-halting Turing machine that repeats the same calculation forever. Let us assume that each time it runs its algorithm it increments a loop counter. Surely such a machine is conceivable ...
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Does Fodor present any argument for his use of computable methods in his view of the mind?

In defense of his Language of Thought Hypothesis (SEP article), Jerry Fodor argues that Thought is recursively compositional in just the same way that Language is. When we understand a sentence, we ...