Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental

Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental How are truths about physical and mental states related Physicalism entails that non physical truths are redescriptions of a world specifiable in narrowly physical terms In The Conceptual Link from Ph

  • Title: Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental
  • Author: Robert Kirk
  • ISBN: 9780199669417
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How are truths about physical and mental states related Physicalism entails that non physical truths are redescriptions of a world specifiable in narrowly physical terms In The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental Robert Kirk argues that physicalists must therefore hold that the physical truth logico conceptually entails the mental truth it is impossible for broadlHow are truths about physical and mental states related Physicalism entails that non physical truths are redescriptions of a world specifiable in narrowly physical terms In The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental Robert Kirk argues that physicalists must therefore hold that the physical truth logico conceptually entails the mental truth it is impossible for broadly logical and conceptual reasons that the former should have held without the latter Redescriptive physicalism is a fresh approach to the physical to mental connection that he bases on these ideas Contrary to what might have been expected, this connection does not depend on analytic truths there are holistic but non analytic conceptual links, explicable by means of functionalism which, he argues, physicalism entails Redescriptive physicalism should not be confused with a priori physicalism although physicalists must maintain that phenomenal truths are logico conceptually entailed by physical truths, they must deny that they are also entailed a priori Kripke inspired a posteriori physicalism, on the other hand, is too weak for physicalism, and the psycho physical identity thesis is not sufficient for it Though non reductive, redescriptive physicalism is an excellent basis for dealing with the problems that mental causation raises for other non reductive views Cartesian intuitions of zombies and transposed qualia may seem to raise irresistible objections Kirk shows that the intuitions are false As to the explanatory gap, there is certainly an epistemic gap, but it has a physicalistically acceptable explanation which deals effectively with the problem of how the physical and functional facts fix particular phenomenal facts.

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