Which of the following is NOT part of an argument for eliminative materialism? a. How does Churchland respond to the objection that introspection reveals the. Eliminative Materialism. Paul Churchland. The identity theory was called into doubt not because the prospects for a materialist account of our mental capacities. Paul M. Churchland; Published Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use, available at.

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Furthermore, they argue, folk psychology’s development in the last 2, years has not been significant and it is therefore a stagnating theory. Concluding Comments Eliminative materialism entails unsettling consequences not just about our conception of the mind, but also about the nature of morality, action, social and legal conventions, and practically every other aspect of human activity.

The relationship of folk psychology to dualism The next criticism of eliminative materialism challenges the various characterizations of folk psychology provided by its advocates—in particular the view set forth by advocates of the theory-theory. University of Minnesota Press: On the Site of Distributive Justice”. Thus, for eliminative materialism to get off the ground, we need to assume that scientific psychology is going to turn out a certain way.

However, the model has conceptual problems which preclude its success in reviving reductionism, and its commitment to a syntactic approach wrecks its attempt to rescue folk psychology. Rosalind Hursthouse, “Right Action”. Rather they argue that people’s understanding of others is based on internal simulations of how they would act and respond in similar situations.

In Lewis’s account, our commonsense mental notions can be treated as functionally defined theoretical terms that appear in a chain of Ramsey-sentences. The thesis of eliminativism seems to be so obviously wrong to many critics, under the claim that people know immediately and indubitably that they have minds, that argumentation seems unnecessary.


Like many future writers see section 4. Robert Nozick, Excerpt from Philosophical Explanations.

Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes – Semantic Scholar

The chkrchland widely discussed features are two associated with the apparent linguistic nature of beliefs and other propositional attitudes. Stich’s argument is somewhat complex, but it can be presented in outline form here. Eliminative materialism cnurchland the most radical version of physicalism, the dominant conception of theorizing in psychology.

Contact Your Sales Rep. In response to this line of reasoning, many have argued that it is mistake to treat folk psychology as committed to a quasi-linguistic structure to propositional attitudes Horgan and Graham, ; Dennett, Mirror Sites View this site from another server: The status of intentional eliminatiev, together with defects in the eliminativists’ arguments, make rejection of eliminative materialism rational.

They assert that the mental states can be multiply realized and that functional characterizations are just higher-level characterizations of what’s happening at the physical level.

Ancient pre-scientific “theories” of folk biology, folk physics, and folk cosmology have all proven to be radically wrong.

Paul M. Churchland, “Eliminative Materialism”

One might question the position on these grounds, but other philosophers like Churchland argue that eliminativism is often necessary in order to open the minds of thinkers to new evidence and better materiapism.

A brief examination of some of the traditional dualistic views chhrchland the relationship of the mind and body reveals significant problems, especially regarding causal interaction. One virtue of eliminative materialism is that it liberates our theorizing from this restrictive perspective.


I argue that when understood within the wider context of his views of the late s and early s, Hobbes’s Objections are coherent and reflect his goal of providing an epistemology consistent with a mechanical philosophy. Some eliminative materialist authors add the further claim that future neuroscience will in fact eliminate all non-scientific vocabulary related to the domain of mental states.

But even if one accepts the susceptibility to error of people’s intuitions, the objection can be reformulated: Our common sense, conceptual framework concerning the explanation and prediction of human behavior is construed as a theory, termed folk psychology. Questions about why we dream, various aspects of mental illness, consciousness, memory and learning are completely ignored by folk psychology.

Eliminative Materialism

Materialism Theory of mind Metaphysics of mind. However, unlike dualists, eliminativists claim there is nothing more to the mind than what occurs in the brain. Hence, the syntactic structures which are assumed by folk psychology can have no place in such a structure as the eluminative.

Nevertheless, at no point did we come to say that there is really no such thing as light. Chisholm, “Human Freedom and the Self”. Early eliminativists, such as Rorty, argued that science may someday show that sensations do not exist.

Although most discussions regarding eliminativism focus on the status of our notion of belief and other propositional attitudes, some philosophers have chuchland eliminativist claims about the phenomenal or qualitative states of the mind see the entry on qualia.