Questions tagged [philosophy-of-mind]

Philosophy of mind is a branch of philosophy that studies the nature of the mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties, consciousness, and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain.

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Panpsychism, consciousness in fundamental particles?

Panpsychism is sometimes stated as: All matter is conscious What is meant by matter here? For example Philip Goff said: The basic commitment is that the fundamental constituents of reality — perhaps ...
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How much content is in the common sense, according to Marvin Minsky?

I remember watching, years ago, a lecture by (or an interview of) Marvin Minsky, in which he gave a numerical estimate of how much information was in the common sense. He stated that the common sense ...
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Experiment to prove that dualism is true

To prove experimentally that dualism is true, the dualist would need to show that: Let be a person in physical state A at some instant t1 with conscious experience X. Now, in another instant t2, the ...
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Conceivability as an argument for possibility

In some philosophy books I have encountered that conceivability of something is taken as an argument for its possibility. In "The Conscious Mind" David Chalmers presents an argument that a ...
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What is the "Messianic triumph"?

I believe this concept belongs to Levinas; he refers to it in Totality and Infinity (or Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence, I do apologise, I no longer own these books). When I read this concept, ...
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Critique of those missing the Hard Problem?

From everything Ive ever seen about the “Hard Problem of Consciousness”, the issue is that materialists and physicalists presume a different question and answer that one instead. I feel like the two ...
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Can philosophy be defined? [duplicate]

If you were to defend one of these views: a. “Philosophy” can be defined. b. “Philosophy” cannot be defined. Which would go for? and why?
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What does the existence of Anton’s syndrome prove?

For philosophers like Metzinger and Dennett, Anton’s syndrome is a refutation of the Cartesian view that we have infallible access to our own phenomenal consciousness (subjective experience). ...
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What is a good representation of the mind body problem in TV or film?

I am participating in a local conversation group, and I have briefly studied the mind body problem as a philosophy minor in college many moons ago. I wasn't sure if this question was best for sci-fi, ...
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Which Philosophical Ideas Best Protect Us From Existential Suffering in a Society Increasingly Accepting of the Claim That There is No Free Will?

Discussion of free will seems increasingly prevalent in mainstream media, particularly Youtube and in reputable periodicals such as the Atlantic, the Conversation and the Guardian (to name a few). ...
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Is Avatar Sexuality Likely to Persist in the Event of a Digitalised 'Humanity'? [closed]

The biological sexual act is vital to current human experience; it is one of our most powerful motivators and vital to the perpetuation of the species. Humans do not require a present physical partner ...
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What was the Nietzsche's argument against theory of evolution?

I had read about it a decade ago, but it looks like now I have forgotten his point. Can I know what was his argument against Darwin?
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Collaboration without communication?

Is there any name for the hypothesis that likely minded actors can build and successfully execute a strategy that leads to their mutual win-win, without having any ability to communicate directly? I ...
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Can you think a teleporter kills the 'real' you, and also be a physicalist?

I'm taking philosophy as a senior subject in high school, so my depth of understanding of pretty much any philosophical theory is very limited. I think I side more with a physicalist account of the ...
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Are levels of intelligence different levels of consciousness?

I just want to clarify that I do NOT think I have a more gifted mind than average. Not at all. However, I am very existential and often wonder about the nature of basic things. Anyway, one of my ...
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Can the brain be considered an analog computer?

Some people consider the brain a computer. Like brain philosopher D. Hofstadter. In a public talk he gave he tried to do anything to show that. Including tackling opponents. But he couldn't convince (...
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Is there no epistemic criteria to determine a heap?

When one thinks about language, there are many phrases that are inexact or vague and ambiguous. For example, when one thinks about the Sorites paradox, one encounters inexactness in language as to ...
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What is greek or ancient greek word for counter-productive? [closed]

Is there a word in the ancient times for counter-productive? Just wondering.
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Would philosophy be useless if there were a box of answers?

All of the ideas are mine, I don't know a lot about philosophy's terms, I'll be clear and I'll speak in human's terms. Imagine someday everything is normal, kids going to schools, doctors going to ...
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Where is it that I go when I dream?

This is a question that I had posed regarding the nature of mental images described by patients who suffer from Charles Bonnet Syndrome here: What is the nature of the mental images that are perceived ...
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The formal philosophy as a habit [closed]

I am a Computer Science Student, I have always loved philosophy and the way it makes the obvious logical , But sad to say I struggle with learning it and studying it in my life, Because philosophy ...
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Is experience a real thing? [closed]

Reality is both objective and subjective or neither , But what about experience ? since experience is totally subjective does this mean it may or may not be real? for example, You hear a person ...
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Is peripheral attention an example of the intentionality of consciousness?

Suppose I fix my gaze on an object, say a flower. Without moving my eyes, keeping them fixed on the flower, so with the same exact visual experience, I can "direct my attention" towards ...
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What is the definition of time according to Philosophy?

Time has units. nanosecond (one billionth of a second), microsecond (one millionth of a second), millisecond (one thousandth of a second), second, minute, and hour. We have atomic clock, digital clock,...
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What is the core problem of intentionality?

In the philosophy of mind, I have read that "intentionality" is a difficult thing to explain in a naturalistic fashion. But I don't necessarily see the heart of the problem in the same way ...
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Does Stoicism condone passivity?

According to Google, Stoicism means: "The endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint." So does it mean that amid most difficult circumstances where ...
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What are some refutations of Husserl’s anti-psychologism?

Husserl argues that psychologism fails through its inability to distinguish between objects of knowledge and acts of knowing, the act being a temporal and psychical process characterized by ...
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Why do we still need to study the body-mind problem in philosophy given neurophysiology

I am a beginner in philosophy and I am currently reading Jaegwon Kim's Philosophy of Mind. In the introduction (P.g. 8), Kim states that one of the most important problems in Philosophy of Mind is the ...
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How do Chinese and Japanese Buddhists perceive people?

I have seen many answers to similar questions, but they do not answer my question. The fact is that the Mahayana doctrine (which is popular in China and Japan) leads to Nihilism or Solipsism. I asked ...
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Is AI in a Crisis of Science?

According to Thomas S. Kuhn in his classic work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: ...'normal science' presupposes a conceptual and instrumental framework or paradigm accepted by an entire ...
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Cloning order paradox

Suppose there is a cloning device that could make exact copies of humans. It makes one person into two with the exactly same memory and other properties, with equal status and no one defined to be the ...
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Is the statement "no form of human knowledge can justify metaphysical absolutes" self defeating?

A common objection to the statement "no form of human knowledge can justify metaphysical absolutes" is that the statement itself is a metaphysical claim. One response is that the statement ...
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What is the most basic reasoning that creates all kinds of reasoning?

Hypothetico-deductive method, abductive reasoning, induction, deduction, reduction to absurdity, dialectic.... There's reasoning in mathematics, too. What is the fundamental reasoning that creates all ...
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What do philosophers mean when they say language has a psychological reality?

I came across this in trying to understand 'Ignorance of Language' by Michael Devitt, and the back and forth he has had around this topic with other philosophers. Any books (papers?) I can look at to ...
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Question for philosophers - How would you call the following view of the meaning of life?

Question for philosophers - How would you call the following view of the meaning of life?: "There isn't much point in assessing the intrinsic or extrinsic value or meaning of life. Accept life as ...
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How do Idealists deal with neuroscience showing correlations of the brain to the mind?

By idealism I mean where the mind is all there is. How do they take into account the fact that all the neuroscience that is there?
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Is the mind a substance in dual aspect monism?

I'm having a difficulty of the concept of the mind in dual aspect monism. Is the mind a substance in this philosophy of mind?
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Simulation hypothesis and solipsism

Is Nick Bostrom's simulation hypothesis a solipsistic idea? This hypothesis says that only I have consciousness, and all other people are unconscious philosophical zombies? Which version of the ...
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Is our reality completely illusionary as it is depicted in religions or various philosophical views?

I know that in many religions or in the work of many philosophers the ultimate truth or essence of existence is depicted monist. Some even argue further that all our experience is an illusion- which I ...
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What is a counter argument for the proposition that reaching the truth involves abandoning language and other intellectual instruments?

I have a linguist friend of mine who proposes that one should abandon all labels and paradigms to reach the ultimate truth, as they are deceptive. He proposes that you should strip all intellectual ...
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If my parents hadn't gotten married, who would I be?

I saw an Alan Watts video saying some kids had the question something like "If my parents hadn't gotten married, who would I be?" I think that video just got fed to me as a suggestion and I'...
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Is your consciousness the same every day?

I want to know what tell us the most popular theories of consciousness about its continuity over periods of uncounsciousness. Identity through time is controversial, but assuming that you are the same ...
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Is a complete mathematical description of reality possible?

There are definitely states of systems(like mind) which are not quantifiable. For mathematics to work in principle, we need states which are quantifiable or measurable. So, does this go to show that ...
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Notion of space and time

In Critique of pure reason, Kant mentions the theory of space and time, which is a priori. It will be used in Heidegger's Being and Time. However, In his second meditation, it seems that Descartes ...
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Locke's psychology : reference request

While histories of philosophy traditionally devote a paragraph to the psychology of each author , it seems to me it is not the case for Locke. There might be reasons for this: (1) Locke is somewhat ...
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How common is solipsism among philosophers, scientists and common people?

How common is solipsism? On the opinion of philosophers what percentage of the population believes in solipsism? 1. How many percent of philosophers believe in solipsism? 2. How many percent of ...
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Can it be said, in the Kantian sense of the word "noumena", that noumena exist?

I know Kant says it. But he also claims that nothing else can be said about noumena, only that they exist. I seem to be strongly convinced that this statement involves a contradiction and therefore ...
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What is the dichotomy called when being implicitly 'without' when one says to look 'within', and what does it mean?

I think the phrase 'Look within' is used often in the context of meditation. If someone can actually perform the act of looking within, it implicitly means that someone is currently 'without', and ...
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Is there, in Aristotle, a broad concept of thinking ( noèsis) that includes imagination ? Or is imagination a purely sensible power?

In Aristotle's De Anima, Bk. III, Part 3 ( http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/soul.3.iii.html) one can read this : "Thinking is different from perceiving and is held to be in part imagination, in ...
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Book recommendation on the history of philosophical psychology : structure of mind and mental faculties

I'm looking for a systematic survey of the history of philosophical psychology, either an expository text, or a selection of readings arranged chronologically. My orignal motivation regards the ...

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